My nephew Steve works at Wendy's. At 1:30 this afternoon he called his shift manager, Sidi Dion, to find out when paychecks would be in and was told it wouldn't be till 8 or 9 that night.
At 3:30 my sister drove Steve to work. When they arrived, employees were standing outside, a police cruiser was on the scene, and the store was locked. A few workers from other stores were there, also-- they'd also found their stores locked and dark, and were trying to figure out what was going on.
At 5 tonight Steve reached another shift manager, who had come into the store not knowing, and she told Steve all the food and money was gone.
Obviously, some people knew what was going down. Of course nobody bothered to tell the workers, and most likely they are out a week's pay.
The franchise for this store and a number of others in Western Massachusetts is owned by Sondocatt Investments, major stockholder Robert Burda of Ohio. My sister looked the company up online and found out that on July 2, Capmark Finance Inc. filed a civil suit in Federal Court charging Sondocatt Investments and Robert Burda with breach of contract. They are asking for a jury trial.
What exact action led up to the closings, we don't know yet. I called stores in Chicopee, Holyoke, Ludlow, Hadley, Northampton and Westfield, and the phones just rang and rang.
Steve worked for $7.50 an hour-- the state minimum wage. About 70 workers will be without jobs.