Starbucks Plans Barista Raises, Says Unionized Cafes Will Need to Bargain
Coffee giant said labor and supply-chain costs are hurting margins, while price increases helped offset inflation
Starbucks Chief Executive Howard Schultz outlined expanded wages and benefits the coffee giant aims to extend to baristas, but he said the chain’s growing number of unionized cafes would need to negotiate their own deals.
The Seattle-based coffee giant said Tuesday that it would invest roughly $200 million in stores and employees, including higher hourly pay, fixing cafe equipment, increased training, perks for highly skilled baristas and an app for better workplace communication.
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