For the three months ended Nov. 25, the company said it earned $33.6 million, or 26 cents per share. That's compared with $53.7 million, or 40 cents per share, a year ago.Because Darden continues to see public outrage over its initial plan to cut workers below 30 hours a week to avoid providing health insurance as a reason for its earnings drop, company executives continue to put the word out that they won't be following through with that plan. But since 75 percent of Darden's hourly workers already don't get 30 hours a week of work, and Darden has been aggressively cutting labor costs through both pay and staffing cuts, it's not like this backtracking makes it anything but an exploitative, race-to-the-bottom kind of business. It's just one that got caught trying one particularly politicized trick and is trying to get out of trouble over that.
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