It’s official. The Trump Effect has touched the great bastion of progressive employment in the northwest. No less than the Barista chain Starbucks (you know, the place where Trump supporters are not really welcome to spend their money) has announced that thanks to the corporate tax cuts Trump signed into law last year, the company is able to help out their employees a bit more.
Specifically citing the GOP’s tax reform bill, Starbucks announced this week that it will be giving its employees pay raises and stock grants. To throw more salt in the permanently open progressive wound, Starbucks says its also using the tax break to help it move forward with some pro-family measures. The Seattle Times reluctantly reports:
All employees will soon be able to earn paid sick time off, and the company’s parental leave benefits will include all non-birth parents. Starbucks Corp. said Wednesday that the changes affect about 150,000 full-time, part-time, hourly and salaried employees, most of whom work as baristas or shop managers. The new benefits apply to workers at more than 8,200 company-owned stores but not at the 5,700 licensed shops like those found inside supermarkets.
The pay raise will begin in April, which the Times notes is the second increase employees have enjoyed this year. Baristas currently make just under $10 an hour. Employees at stores, bean roasting plants and support centers will all receive at least $500 in Starbucks stock on top of what they were set to receive this year. The additional paid sick time begins to accrue in July.
The total cost to the company for the changes is over $250 million, which they can afford because of the massive tax break given to them by the Republicans and signed into law by Trump.
And just like that, Starbucks once again becomes one of the nation’s most desired place to work non-professional service jobs.
Will this convert any employees into Trump supporters if they weren’t previously? Time will tell on that one.