CIRCLEVILLE OHIO – With the local Sonic fast food restaurant getting back to work this week, the new owners of the restaurants, SRI holdings, is working hard to explain the reasons for the mass walkouts of staff which happened a week ago today, causing the local establishments to make national headlines.
According to VP of Public Relations, Christi Woodworth:
“We recognize that changes like this can be difficult for employees to understand, and most current employees will have the opportunity to continue working at the drive-in. Under new management, guests and the community can look forward to improved service and the famous food, beverages, and treats for which SONIC is known. Employees working for the local drive-in can look forward to fun, fast-paced work on which they can build a career, if they choose.
No wage rates at any level decreased as a result of this transition and Carhops may continue to receive tips above their hourly wages. Additionally, with the ownership change, employees may now have their paycheck direct deposited and general managers are now eligible for a new bonus program, among other benefits. Most employees are continuing their employment at the drive-in and SRI has increased the total number of employees at the eight drive-ins in the Columbus market by 50% and will continue to invest in employees, technology and infrastructure at these drive-ins in order to deliver outstanding guest service.
SRI began operating the following drive-ins beginning Monday, February 25:
1031 Gemini Place, Columbus OH
2846 Stelzer Rd., Columbus, OH
3250 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH
6206 E. Broad St., Columbus, OH
Grove City, OH
Two drive-ins closed as a result of this transaction:
3911 S. Hamilton Rd, Columbus, OH
According to information provided and further statements made, carhops will continue to make at least $4.30/hr rather than the $4.00 rumors which were initially flouted by worried workers on last weeks’ walkout.