Starbucks responds to Baristas, extends parental leave benefitsAround the Nation, Breaking News, Top Highlights Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Today, Starbucks became the latest company to offer extended paid parental leave to hourly employees. This is a direct result of advocacy by baristas over the last year and comes on the heels of Walmart’s announcement to offer fully equal parental leave benefits to all full-time employees. In response to the Starbucks announcement, Paid Leave for the US (PL+US) Executive Director Katie Bethell, released the following statement:
“All babies need care in the delicate first months of life, no matter what their parent’s day jobs are. The announcement of more robust parental leave policies at Walmart and Starbucks including for their lowest-wage employees reflects a tectonic shift in corporate America and the country at large, recognizing that parental leave should be a basic right, not an elite perk. Now it’s on Congress to pass meaningful legislation to ensure that everyone, regardless of where they work or live, has access to this critical family support.”
For years, major corporations across the country have offered paid leave benefits only as an elite perk for white collar employees. The moves by Walmart and Starbucks this week are a sharp reversal of previous policy and a watershed moment for paid parental leave in America.
PL+US has been working closely with Starbucks baristas like Jess Svebenik, Niko Walker, and Ryan Cervantes over the last year who have been speaking out about the unequal policy through online petitions, meetings with the company, activities at Seattle Pride and the company’s shareholder meeting.
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