Western Journalism reports:
The inexorable reality of the bottom line has produced howls of outrage from Starbucks employees who have seen their hours cut in response to increases in the minimum wage.More from the petition:
The grim reality is a far cry from the words of Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who has said, ” … we will pay above the minimum wage in every state we operate. Starbucks is way above the minimum wage. I have always looked at total compensation.”
In fact, things are so bad that Jaime Prater, a Starbucks employee, created an online petition that has more than 9,000 signatures in an effort to get the Lords of Starbucks to hear what life has become for the baristas in the trenches.
” … the current labor practices are sinking morale at corporate stores. Baristas feel the force of the labor cuts and the gross underemployment because of the new standard. We understand that businesses have to be profitable to survive, we get it. What’s happening currently is some of the most extreme labor cuts in Starbucks history,” the petition reads.
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.... As less and less people are staffed in stores the pressure mounts.-RW