• Starbucks Employees Support Black Lives
    The protests happening around the nation right now are trying to bring justice to the families affected by police violence and systemic racism. Starbucks can make a huge difference to the people in protest right now, including our own coworkers and family members. The requests in the letter may not seem to ask for a lot, but they would impact people in every city and would give Starbucks a legacy of supporting oppressed communities.
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  • Continue to Keep Starbucks Cafe's Temporarily Closed due to COVID-19 Pandemic
    As of May 4th, 85% of US Starbucks stores have re-opened up for operations after many stores were closed for part of March and April. Currently, most of these stores are operating by using only their Drive-Thru's, continuing delivery services, or allowing customers to pick up mobile orders at the front door. Starbucks plans to transition many stores out of this model through the next few weeks and into the beginning of June. Starbucks plans to implement more grab-and-go services in stores where customers can come into the cafe to order their drinks or pickup their mobile order inside the store. While most locations will not allow seating to be open, restrooms will be accessible in some stores and social distancing will likely be difficult to maintain in a fast-paced environment like Starbucks. While all of us want things to get back to normal, it is not necessary and is irresponsible for Starbucks to reopen cafe's as the country continues to see high amounts of cases of COVID-19 with some states even seeing a spike in new cases. While many local and state governments have allowed for businesses to reopen, we believe that Starbucks should act responsibly during this time to keep store cafe's closed until the COVID-19 pandemic is better under control and more widespread testing is available. As a fellow Starbucks employee (partner), I believe it is nearly impossible for us to not be exposed if customers come into our cafe's. Many stores have not received enough plastic shields to protect themselves from customers that may potentially be infected and it will be challenging to implement social distancing in stores that are high volume. Furthermore, Starbucks is not requiring customers to wear a mask which could endanger both partners and other customers inside the cafe. Stores do their best to constantly clean surfaces and high-touch areas but this can often be missed during the busiest times of the day. All it takes is one customer that is infected to spread the virus to others that come after them. Starbucks should continue to keep cafe's closed through the the remainder of May and the month of June at minimum. If necessary, Starbucks should keep cafe's closed even longer if the US continues to not see a steady decline in COVID-19 cases. As partners, we love our stores and our communities and we can't wait to see our customers in store again. However, Starbucks needs to prioritize the safety of both customers and partners during these challenging times.
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  • No Shirt, No Shoes, No Mask, No Service
    “Models show that if 80 percent of people wear masks that are 60 percent effective, easily achievable with cloth, we can get to an effective R0 of less than one. That’s enough to halt the spread of the disease.” https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/dont-wear-mask-yourself/610336/ We can do our part to slow the spread of covid-19 by requiring customers to wear masks in order to receive service at Starbucks stores. Starbucks already requires partners to wear masks, but this is only protecting others from employees and is doing nothing to protect employees from customers and does not protect customers from each other. Starbucks China requires customers to wear masks before entering stores, we can and should do the same here in North America.
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  • Starbucks: Don't kick anyone off your healthcare plan because of the coronavirus crisis
    Nobody should be losing their healthcare benefits during this crisis. It's good Starbucks has added mental health benefits for baristas and new a “catastrophe pay” policy for people who get sick. But the hours cuts from this crisis are hitting us all hard. Starbucks would normally be kicking people off of healthcare in July for not having enough hours, but a lot of people are going to be really low the first half of the year because of the crisis. We need them to commit to not kick anyone off in their July audit, no matter how many hours they are able to work during the coronavirus crisis. We need Starbucks to be a leader here and commit to preserving workers healthcare. They need to make sure they don’t do any harm to the benefits their workers already have. Sign on to call on Starbucks to protect our health by protecting our healthcare.
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  • Starbucks: It’s Time for a Pay Raise!
    Having higher wages will attract people who are looking to develop into higher positions. Right now we get college students or high school students who don’t plan on staying long-term and don’t take the job seriously. I also feel like it will help employees feel like the work is worth it. We deal with very high end customers who expect expensive service, but baristas feel overworked and under-paid so they don’t have the drive to work at their best or go out of their way for a customer. Higher wages will make a huge difference on the environment of the workplace because they will demonstrate to employees that their work is valued and appreciated. I know the perks that Starbucks offers are amazing and I’m not doubting that, but they just don’t suffice when you can’t afford to live. I’m here to make a difference and to improve the customer experience, employees’ livelihood, and the overall morale of the business.
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  • Protect Employees And Customers By Placing Needle Disposal Boxes In High-Risk Bathrooms
    *Added 1/21/19 The author of this petition ended up getting poked by a dirty needle themselves, after two other coworkers were poked in the same cafe, not long after starting this petition. Since then, the author went to local Seattle news crews, and only after their story aired did Starbucks put safe sharps disposals in six cafes in Seattle, but they were only the cafes that already had an L&I complaint and fine about this issue before. The author still has yet to hear directly from anyone at Starbucks Corporate. The author still fully intends on hand-delivering this petition to Starbucks HQ. The author is obnoxiously tenacious like that. Exposure to HIV/AIDS, Hep C, Hep B, etc. is a risk in Seattle where there is a heroin/hep c crisis--and an HIV outbreak in at the same time and in the same area that baristas were getting poked by used drug needles while at work. There is no vaccine for Hep C, the available treatment is not a 100% assured cure, and Starbucks refuses to comment to employees when employees mention this risk. Employees risk getting poked, and DO get poked, even when following "protocol" of using gloves and tongs to dispose of used needles left in bathrooms, tampon disposal boxes, and diaper changing stations. It costs almost two thousand dollars just for one round of after-exposure shots, not including other tests, shots, medications, etc. Employees have to pay out-of-pocket for this before being reimbursed until Starbucks's company insurance kicks in. Many baristas cannot afford that, instead resorting to loans and credit cards. Employees who are pregnant or already immuno-compromised have an added risk if poked by a used needle. Employees also have to then use added protection with their sexual partners/spouses for six months minimum/risk exposing them, too. Starbucks makes various excuses from "it looks bad" to "drug users will just take the boxes off the walls and steal the needles." Employees cannot legally be forced to remove needles, but when they ask to call hazmat, they're told "hazmat cost comes from the individual store budget" (a veiled threat of even less staff coverage on an already short-staffed floor because no money to pay them if it is used for hazmat). Making coffee should not come with this kind of easily detoured risk.
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  • Let Starbucks Employees Have Unnatural Hair Colour UK and Ireland
    Variety in a workplace is always great! Wouldn't you want to have some red, purple, green, or maybe pink in your hair? From my personal Barista experience I have had countless others be let down by the new code not being taken into action since it was passed last summer within the USA. Countless other Barista roles in other companies (Costa, Nero etc.) have allowed unnatural hair for years, so why shouldn't Starbucks? To keep with the changing times this should be a no-brainer for the company to appeal to it's customers and keep its loyal employees happy and be able to show their uniqueness.
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  • Starbucks: Stop being part of the plastic pollution problem
    Starbucks paper cups exact a huge toll on the global plastic pollution problem -- and the majority of coffee-addicts and baristas still don't know it's happening! I've been a barista for 5 years and sustainability is important to me -- and I bet other partners agree. I'm working with Stand.earth, an environmental organization, to show Starbucks that partners want to see them do more for the environment by using sustainable cups. Starbucks has emerged as the industry leader in caffeinating the world, and therefore has a duty to its customers, as well as past and present partners, to do be more responsible with their trash!
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  • Starbucks: Extend paid parental leave policy to ALL employees
    I was a barista at Starbucks a little over a year ago when my kids were small. Overall it was a great place to work, with nice regulars and a hardworking manager who’s a dad like me. So I was really surprised when I saw Starbucks make an announcement on January 19, 2017 that it would be updating its parental leave policy in the U.S. starting in October 2017. At first, the new policy sounded great: new parents in their corporate office will be getting some of the most generous paid leave in the industry -- at least 12 weeks of fully paid time off - which is the way it should be. But partners in the stores will be getting much less: barista moms are getting less than half of what corporate HQ moms get (six weeks paid at 100% of their annual pay), and for barista dads like I was or adoptive parents? Nothing. Not a single day of paid parental leave for those hard working, and deserving parents in the U.S. We would only be allowed unpaid leave. When I worked there, I felt like Starbucks worked hard to take care of their employees and overall, is a progressive company. Giving all new parents the same amount of leave whether they’re in the stores or the corporate office should be a no-brainer. It’s something you’d expect a company like Starbucks to just do automatically. For me, a working dad, it’s an obvious choice. But sometimes a large corporation needs a little nudge to get their attention. Join me in asking Starbucks to do better for all of their employees - including their baristas!
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  • Starbucks, Lack of Labor is Killing Morale
    The labor situation has gone from tight to infuriating. Labor has been cut so much in corporate stores, that one call-off (an employee calling in sick) impacts the entire day, as managers are directed to cut shifts to save on labor costs. Baristas trying to work more than 25 hours a week (myself included) find that a near impossible task. You end up taking it personally, when corporate directs your stores to understaff, and under schedule. You wonder if they realize how difficult it is to pay your bills when you work 25 hours a week? Right now, the labor allowed to stores is so dire that it’s killing morale, companywide. Let it be stated that this job isn’t a hard one. It’s demanding, but it’s easy work, if trained properly. Customers want their coffee and they want it in a timely fashion. As labor continues to be cut, it creates an atmosphere where baristas are worn to the bone without being able to take a breath. Cleanliness suffers, speed of service suffers, partners suffer. Many baristas are twenty-something college students, living at home. Many more are people like myself, artists, writers, breadwinners, who depend on their income. The tip situation has also drastically changed. Before the implementation of a Starbucks Reward program (MSR), tips were higher. Now, with a growing percentage and majority of customers using the app, and their registered cards, tips are in major decline. When you factor that in with actual take home pay, it’s a scary place to be. The way Starbucks frames itself, is that it’s a company worth investing in, worth being loyal to. Because of the health care, the benefits, the 401K, the stock, on the outside, why wouldn’t you want to invest yourself, as an employee to a great company? (and it is a great company). Realistically, investing in starbucks, as an employee, is becoming more difficult. Hours are becoming more elusive as store managers hire 10-20 employees at 20-25 hours a week, sacrificing tenured employees. At Starbucks, tenure makes no difference. These days, a 7 year employee makes as much as a new hire. Experience is given no merit. Right now, the labor climate keeps most baristas regularly underemployed, enough to qualify for benefits, but not enough to afford to pay for them. The most frustrating aspect lately is the pay, and having to commute to work for a 4.5 hour shift, while spending over an hours worth of pay to get yourself there. Labor is the real bone of contention, in addition to the drinks that corporate continues to roll out, (absent the labor to support them, as in years past), baristas also continue to struggle in their stores, with more expectation, with less support staff. These days, baristas do the work for two to three people as labor isn’t just cut to save money, it’s under cut, so stores are intentionally understaffed. I love Starbucks. As an artist, and a fan of process, it’s a job that plays into that love (and to my strengths), and a genuine connection to people and customers of all ages, races, genders, and expressions. The Starbucks culture is singular. I haven’t experienced it anywhere else. What’s happening is a slow extinction of that culture. As less and less people are staffed in stores the pressure mounts. THIS is what needs to change.
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  • Higher pay for Baristas and shift supervisors at Drive Thru's
    This is important because Starbucks has already taken away our 6month raises. Very high expectations and we all work our butts off at work! It is very discouraging!
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  • Howard Schultz, Meet With Your Baristas!
    Our schedules constantly change, many of us struggle to get enough work hours, we can't plan our lives around our jobs, and we find it difficult if not impossible to call out sick because of the difficulty of finding coverage. These things contribute to a stressful work environment and decrease morale at our stores. We've seen great, hardworking coworkers leave the company for these reasons. We, the baristas of Starbucks, experience these things firsthand, and we are the very people within the company who should be proposing solutions. We want to talk to Howard Schultz in person, and have a conversation about how we can move forward together to make Starbucks better. Please sign on in support!
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