WM Team: Below is a press release that went out today reognizing the Natalie Tetrault and her Dunkin’ Chateaugay Team for reaching full vaccination status and winning the $10,000 company prize. Way to go!
Dunkin’ Chateaugay Team Reaches Full Vaccination, Winning $10,000 Company Prize
Albany, NY (July 1, 2021)—The employees of Dunkin’ in Chateaugay have just become $10,000 richer, thanks to a covid vaccine incentive awarded by the restaurant’s parent company, White Management Corporation. Dunkin’ Chateaugay is one of eighteen Dunkin’ stores owned and operated by White Management Corporation in New York State’s North Country; the company also owns several KFC and Taco Bell restaurants, The Butcher Block Steak & Seafood (Plattsburgh), The Log Jam (Lake George), Bountiful Bread (Albany, Schenectady) and Annabel’s Pizza Company (Schenectady).
When New York State deemed restaurant workers eligible for covid vaccinations in March, the company committed to pay each employee $50 for getting fully vaccinated by May 1st. Yet David White, founder of White Management, along with his children Brian, who serves as President, and Candice, who serves as Vice President, were surprised by how many employees were still reluctant to receive the covid vaccine. When the state of Ohio announced its Vax-A-Million state lottery was increasing vaccinations significantly, the Whites decided to do something similar. They offered $10,000 to their first restaurant team that hit full vaccination status, and another $10,000 individual lottery for all employees who showed proof of full-vaccination by July 4th.
This past Monday, Natalie Tetreault, General Manager of Dunkin’ Chateaugay, let her Above Store Leader (regional manager) Candy Poirier know that her staff hit full vaccination.
“We are very proud of Natalie and her team for many reasons,” Brian White commented. “First off, their vaccinations will protect them from a serious case of covid-19. Secondly, their vaccinations will protect their friends and families, their colleagues, and our customers from covid transmission. Thirdly, there is a very real threat of covid variations coming back into our area and wreaking havoc on those who are unvaccinated. A fully-vaccinated staff is what we aim for in every one of our restaurants.”
“I got lucky that my team was all on-board,” Tetreault said. “A few employees wanted to wait and see how we reacted to our vaccinations. . . When they saw we were okay, they followed suit. . . Some employees didn’t have access to a computer to schedule an appointment, so I said ‘my office door is open’, and I helped them get appointments. . . Others really wanted to travel for spring break and to not have to quarantine afterwards.”
Employees received either the Moderna or the Pfizer vaccinations, and Tetrault made sure they were not scheduled to work after their second shots, in case they felt fatigued.
In the end, the Dunkin’ team decided the vaccination was the best route to take off the face masks and get back to normal. Customers have been commenting how nice it is to see their smiling faces.