Starbucks Increases Employee Benefits - But Not For Stores That Unionized


In response to growing unionization efforts, Starbucks is increasing worker benefits - for non-union workers.

  • This week, the company unveiled a $200 million program that includes pay raises, additional training, more sick time, and other benefits. However, the 'enhanced' benefits won't be offered to stores that have unionized or are planning union votes.  
  • CEO Howard Schultz says U.S. labor laws require union stores to negotiate their own benefits - but union officials say Schultz is violating labor laws by excluding them.
  • So far, about 50 Starbucks stores have voted to unionize, and over 250 have petitioned to hold union votes.
  • Is Starbucks trying to stop the unionization effort by excluding them from pay raises? Why are we seeing renewed union pushes at big companies like Starbucks and Amazon?

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