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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

CEO of Starbucks Inducted into Hall of Shame Today

Posted by on Wed, Jul 13, 2011 at 8:00 AM

Proponents of Seattle's controversial paid sick days ordinance are gathering at the Columbia Center Starbucks today in downtown Seattle to induct Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz into a “Paid Sick Days Hall of Shame." The Hall of Shamers say Starbucks, which is headquartered in Seattle, revoked paid sick day benefits for all its US retail employees in 2008 (except in San Francisco, where it's required) but still offers paid sick leave to workers in other countries.

"It's shameful—their corporate workers get paid sick days, but their retail employees don’t," says Gabriela Quintana, the Campaign Coordinator for Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce, which supports the proposal. "All [Shultz's] employees are invited to join us in this protest."

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  • Shamed!
Instead of a Hall of Shame plaque to hang on the wall—and perhaps get lost among all the other shiny accolades—the Seattle Coalition for a Healthy Workforce will be presenting Starbucks customers and passing gawkers with custom Hall of Shame coffee sleeves while chanting things like “No virus in our ventis,” “No coughing in my coffee,” and “Howard Schultz, you’re so wealthy, you can afford to keep us healthy.”

(Fun Fact: Howard Schultz made $3.5 million in bonuses alone last year.)

Ralliers are meeting at 12:30 p.m. today in front of the Columbia Center Starbucks in downtown Seattle (4th Avenue and Cherry Street). Afterward, participants plan on walking over to City Hall to attend a 2:00 p.m. hearing on the proposed paid sick days ordinance in City Council chambers.


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camlux 1
The retail partners are the ones fighting for hours and tips to get by. They're the ones getting assorted burns from the brewing equipment. It sucks that they're the ones getting stiffed.
Posted by camlux on July 13, 2011 at 8:14 AM · Report this
TVDinner 2
They REVOKED the fucking sick days for retail employees? Unbelievable.

Also, @1, accepting Starbucks' disingenuous use of the word "partner" to describe its wage-slave retail employees means accepting Starbucks' exceptionalist propaganda. It might be a pretty decent retail job, but it's still a fucking retail job.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on July 13, 2011 at 8:24 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 3
So, um, just exactly how is Charbucks any worse than every other fast food joint/restaurant in the world? None of them pay their employees sick time either.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on July 13, 2011 at 8:29 AM · Report this
For even more fun, Cienna, dig a little deeper and find out how much Howie has spent on his mistresses (and keeping them quiet). That'll really steam the store employees.
Posted by riot gorl on July 13, 2011 at 8:33 AM · Report this
I guess organizing is easier than going to college or working harder, or getting out of retail to make something of yourself and acquire a job with benefits.
Posted by six five on July 13, 2011 at 8:36 AM · Report this
This may sound like a stupid question (I hate math/finance/business), but how does a CEO get bonuses? Shouldn't they be the ones delving them out?
Posted by piratesmile on July 13, 2011 at 8:51 AM · Report this
We have this law in SF and I promise you we still have Starbucks. They haven't found it unprofitable to operate in cities that mandate employee sick leave. Little secret...we mandate health benefits too, and yep THERE ARE STILL STARBUCKS STORES IN SF! In the long run, it doesn't even cost them that much because sick employees will try to switch shifts than miss out on tips entirely. Oh and the minimum wage in SF is $9.92. That must have put all the Starbucks stores under right?! NO. Remarkably, they are still there, doing business and making money!
Posted by LukeJoe on July 13, 2011 at 9:18 AM · Report this
TVDinner 8
@3: Better marketing.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on July 13, 2011 at 9:23 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 9
get off schultz's ass. not only is he a JOB CREATOR, he's still recovering from the economic hardship of selling an NBA team.
Posted by Max Solomon on July 13, 2011 at 9:25 AM · Report this
Nutsy 10
@5- Yeah, I bet none of them are doing any of that, already.
Posted by Nutsy on July 13, 2011 at 9:42 AM · Report this
DOUG. 11
Remember when Howard Schultz illegally paved part of Viretta Park so he could have a fancy driveway?
Posted by DOUG. on July 13, 2011 at 9:46 AM · Report this
Kinison 12
Yeah dont shame him because he's a devout Zionist. Dont shame him because he allowed our 30+ year old NBA team to be sold to Oklahoma. Dont shame him because he refuses to change policy that allows FT managers to take PT entry level "barista" tips. Shame him because he doesnt believe in paid sick days?

Whay to show your priorities SLOG.
Posted by Kinison on July 13, 2011 at 10:07 AM · Report this
@3: This is the first in a series of these sorts of demonstrations. They aren't only picking on Starbucks, it's just the first one they chose. Also, since its corporate headquarters is based in Seattle and there's so much history & connection with it here, it made a bit more sense to focus on it.

@5: The people organizing this aren't the retail workers, it's the Coalition for a Healthy Workforce....most of whom are people who went to college and have jobs with benefits--you know, as organizers.
Posted by analemma on July 13, 2011 at 10:14 AM · Report this
Vince 14
Another reason to not buy Starbucks. There seem so many.
Posted by Vince on July 13, 2011 at 10:27 AM · Report this
Geez, sounds like the baristas should join a union or something.
Posted by tiktok on July 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 16
@11 and @15 tied for the Seattle win.
Posted by Will in Seattle on July 13, 2011 at 12:31 PM · Report this
Jewy Jewerson really knows how to stack $$$
Posted by g2000 on July 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM · Report this
keshmeshi 18
Is Starbucks on the record as being against this legislation? Just curious.
Posted by keshmeshi on July 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM · Report this
McGee 19
@12. You really need a tampon to stuff in your mouth-cunt because every time you open it stupid falls out. I am pretty sure the Stranger had big-time shamed Schultz for both the Sonics and the tip policy. The tip policy for sure.
Posted by McGee on July 13, 2011 at 2:14 PM · Report this
@6: Generally, executive-level compensation needs to be approved by the board (i.e. representatives of the owners).

Of course, it's worth noting that Schultz is also the chairman of the board...
Posted by aleks on July 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM · Report this

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