AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) — Texas favorite Whataburger has given out more than $90 million in bonuses to employees to thank them for their hard work during both the COVID-19 pandemic and the deadly winter storm last month.
On Wednesday, the burger chain announced they also handed out "Extra Mile" bonuses and emergency pay to employees, and a doubled of their 401(k) plan matching for 2020.
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“The past year reshaped how we live, work and play, with the restaurant and hospitality industry being heavily impacted by the pandemic and this year’s crippling winter storms. We are so humbled and grateful for the loyalty of our customers during this time,” said Ed Nelson, Whataburger CEO. “And we wanted to help ensure that our Family Members and their families were taken care of and thank them for continuing to go the extra mile to serve our guests with great Pride, Care and Love. Our Family Members and guests are the foundation of our success, and we are grateful for both.”
Whataburger says their employees--known as Family Members--helped set company performance records from March of last year to this year.