July 25, 2014

Starbucks Stance On Obamacare–Will You Buy Another Cup Of Coffee? (VIDEO)

Starbucks Obamacare

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz told Reuters on Monday that the company has no intent of cutting back the hours of its workers in anticipation of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). He said,

“Other companies have announced that they won’t provide coverage for spouses; others are lobbying for the cut-off to be at 40 hours. But Starbucks will continue maintaining benefits for partners and won’t use the new law as excuse to cut benefits or lower benefits for its workers,” Schultz said in a telephone interview. [Source]

The Affordable Care Act states that companies with 50 employees are more must offer health insurance to employees who work 30 or more hours a week. Starbucks’ business lends itself to many part time employees. It would be easy for them to loophole themselves out of the law. They have decided to continue doing the right thing. After-all, Starbucks provides health insurance to all their employees who work 20 or more hours per week.

For the most part, Starbucks have been a socially responsible corporation. Baristas are eager to tell their customers about the humaneness and the moral responsible stances taken by the company. Starbucks states at their site that

We have always believed Starbucks can – and should — have a positive impact on the communities it serves. One person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time. [Source]

They preach community, ethical sourcing of their products, environmental footprint minimization, and global responsibility. Their support for the well-being of their employees is probative.

Starbucks’ stance is in stark contrast to companies like UPS and Papa John’s who have blamed the law for reduced health benefits, potential job losses, and potential store closings. Some small and medium sized businesses are keeping their headcount under 50 and/or their workers under 30 hours to skirt the law. Most corporations will simply fit the new law into their business model as they understand it is the moral thing to do.

It is time for the companies that intend to expand their benefits or companies that do not intend to go through hoops to penalize their employees by denying them the ability to get affordable healthcare through the company, to speak up. It is time for Americans to know which corporations are with the working middle class and which corporations are against the working middle class.

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  1. Only problem with Starbucks is that they allow people armed with guns in their stores. I mean really, someone is going to try and accost you in a Starbucks????

    Accordingly, I’ll stick to the drive thru. Safer, but it does mean I stop there less often

  2. Seriously, that’s your complaint? You are worried about the law abiding citizens that carry guns? I imagine that no one robs the stores that have a no guns allowed sign….

  3. Marjorie Castanien says:

    Your headline is misleading–it almost sounds like we should not buy any more Starbucks coffee. Iy’s a good thing I read the article although I am not a coffee drinker.

  4. nchambers says:

    I am totally confused, Egberto, by this article. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/08/27/1234279/-Starbucks-Stance-On-Obamacare-Will-You-Buy-Another-Cup-Of-Coffee?detail=email

    Sounded like we shouldn’t support Starbucks for giving all employees above 20 hrs/week healthcare. Is this not a good idea?

    Very confusing article. Sounds like you think more companies should do what Starbucks is doing unlike UPS & PapaJohn’s or am I getting this backward? Totally unclear?
    Can you state your point. Or is it solely the gun issue? The Howard Schultz quotes seem to be progressive. So… whatever your title implies, doesn’t seem supported by Schultz’s quotes. TIA for clarification.

    • No. Sorry for the confusion. I am praising Starbucks for their social responsibility. Maybe I should have said that absolutely. They are a good company. I drink a lot of their coffee and will continue.

  5. Myra Easton says:

    I love Starbucks and this is one more reason why I will continue to support them. I love a company with a conscience- if you take care of your workers, they take care of you

  6. When I worked for Starbucks they offered us healthcare- this was in 1997- for $75 bucks a month. I went for an annual exam and the insurance only paid for the cost of a lab fee- $15. When I got to the top of the pay scale- $8.49 per hour, they cut my hours and gave them to holiday temps. Then I was basically forced out of the company because I wanted to tranfer stores and no one would take me because of the pay scale. They cut our coffee allowances and lowered the new-hire minimum starting wage as they got bigger. I was written up and warned for clocking overtime (even though I wasn’t on salary) because we did the dailies on an adding machine and it took forever. I was written up and sent home to change because my trousers weren’t black enough. I haven’t been to a Starbucks since they started driving all the little coffee shops out of business.


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