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So much for the "good corporate citizen" concept on card check


Starbucks Corp., Whole Foods Market Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp. are offering a compromise on union-backed “card-check” legislation [Employee Free Choice Act, EFCA] that U.S. business groups are spending millions of dollars to defeat.

Under the compromise [Translation: gutted version] being sought by the three companies, management could still demand a secret ballot election, and the provision of the bill that requires binding arbitration for union contracts would be dropped. Penalties would be increased for companies that take action against workers before union elections and refuse to participate in collective bargaining.

And now, enter our corporate Democrats!

Lanny Davis, a former White House special counsel under President Bill Clinton, is pushing the alternative measure and said in a written statement that he has discussed it with the staffs of almost two dozen Democratic and Republican senators.

Most, he said, indicated the senators for whom they worked were positive about the approach, “including many Democratic senators who were co-sponsors” of the bill in 2007, Davis said.

Several Democrats in the U.S. Senate, including Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor from Wal-Mart’s Stores Inc. home state of Arkansas and Mark Warner of Virginia, have said they aren’t sure they will support the current version of the Employee Free Choice Act. They have said that bill, expected to boost union membership, may be a challenge in the current economy. The executives of the three companies are presenting their version as a more business-friendly alternative.

Labor groups said they oppose the company backed version. “A proposal coming from corporations, some of whom have their own history of violating workers’ rights, is simply not an alternative,” said Bill Samuel, legislative director of the AFL CIO.

“Removing the arbitration provision” of the Employee Free Choice Act “will allow companies to stall and delay and refuse to negotiate a contract in good faith,” he said.

Jeebus, nothing agaisnt Starbucks except the burned taste of their coffee, but these corporations don't even have fake company unions! And we're supposed to settle for less than that?

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Comrade Rutherford's picture
Submitted by Comrade Rutherford on

When Starbucks came to NYC they intentionally targeted small independent coffee shops. They offered landlords triple rent if they would cancel leases and kick out the independent sellers and let Starbucks move in.

If they couldn't force out the independent coffee stores directly, they would rent as close as possible to one to try to take away all their customers.

Starbucks business plan has only ever been total control of all coffee sales everywhere. To impoverish small business people, to wipe out independent coffee sellers and replace them one monolithic faceless multinational conglomerate.

Even if Starbucks made decent coffee, I never have and never will buy any of their products solely because of their evil business practices.

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Submitted by lexia on

In the great city of Seattle, it was heresy to say that. Now it can be known.

I didn't know about their monopolistic business model, though. Yet another reason to search out the remaining non-Starbucks shops.

But Costco was always the white-hat alternative to Walmart! I hope its management takes a good look at its allies and backs out of this.

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Submitted by geneo on

Burned. And some of it has a fishy taste to me.

On the rare occasion when I put down hard-earned money for someone else's coffee, I do so at a locally-owned establishment.

I prefer good old Eight O'Clock bean in the red bag, ground at home, myself.

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Submitted by splashy9 on

Whole coffee beans I get from the health food store. I can grind them fresh and as fine as I like them, and make it as strong or mellow as I want.

Of course, I work at home out in the boonies so pretty much never get near a Starbucks. :-D