So we’ve been led to believe by the corporate media and CEO Howard Schultz, mainly because they provide health care benefits to all their part-time employees. On the surface this does look pretty impressive since all non-supervisory workers, nearly 100,000 in the U.S., are considered part-time. But once you delve past the marketing into the facts, you find something quite different:
- Only 42% of Starbucks employees (including supervisors) are covered by the company’s health plan – a lower rate than Wal-Mart!
- This last November Yahoo Finance listed Starbucks as the 10th worst paying company in the U.S.
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While it’s true that all part-time workers are eligible for health benefits if they work at least 240 hours a quarter, the reality is that most workers struggle for the minimum 20 hours a week. According to the Starbucks Workers Union:
“You have to work a minimum of 20 hours each week in order to qualify. With wild fluctuations in the number of hours you are scheduled, workers and their families often lose their health care for six months at a time.”
Sound progressive to you?