‘From Bean to Cup,’ Starbucks Labor Action Heats Up

By: Friday December 6, 2013 6:58 pm

The Starbucks cup, with its iconic green mermaid logo and smart cardboard sleeve, seems to embody the essence of the urbane yuppie lifestyle. But the carefully constructed cool of the coffee mega-brand belies some serious anger percolating beneath the surface of Starbucks’ supply chain.

That cup means something different to Ray Allen, a machine operator at a paper goods plant run by Pactiv, a major Starbucks supplier.


The Ten Companies With the Lowest US Wages

By: Sunday November 17, 2013 5:20 pm

24/7 Wall Street made a list of the ten US-based companies that pay their US workforces the least — and, for grins, also showed us how much their CEOs are paid. (Of course, defenders of obscenely executive compensation will say that one must look at how much the CEO does for his/her company, whilst ignoring the fact that the CEO isn’t the only one in the company or on the company board to be paid exorbitant compensation.)

The More NOM Hates On Starbucks, The More Starbucks’ Profits Soar

By: Friday January 25, 2013 2:35 pm

Oopsie, NOM: “The Seattle-based coffee chain said Thursday its profit rose 13 percent in the latest quarter in line with Wall Street expectations.”

“Immoral Tax Avoiders” Amazon, Starbucks and Google Beat Out Petraeus for British Tabloid Headlines

By: Wednesday November 14, 2012 12:00 pm

While the American commentariat (including us, guilty as charged) were obsessively sniffing the Petraeus panty drawer, the British tabloids were in high dudgeon over the appearance of Google VP for Northern Europe Matt Brittin before the Public Accounts Select Committee.

After Starbucks Stands Up for LGBT Rights, Vegans Go Bughouse Looney Over Frappuccino Color

By: Tuesday April 3, 2012 8:10 am

First the National Organization for Marriage gets all sandy-panties, and now the vegans are going nuts over a natural food coloring, passing the scarlet panic onwards to omnivores. Starbucks just can’t stay out of hot water. Now vegans are upset about natural pink bug juice. Splat!

My “Thank You” to Starbucks for Supporting Washington Marriage Equality Bill

By: Wednesday February 1, 2012 1:35 pm

Last week, Starbucks joined the long list of Washington employers endorsing Washington’s marriage equality bill. The Starbucks statement reflects their years-long commitment to equality. I sent them a “thank you” note, and they replied.

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