What to expect when you’re expecting paid parental leave at a Starbucks shareholder meeting

Questions, controversy, and balloons could loom over Starbucks annual meeting

Starbucks shareholders will gather Wednesday morning for the company's annual shareholder meeting in part to mark the transition from outgoing CEO Howard Schultz to incoming CEO Kevin Johnson. Johnson begins in the new role on April 3rd.

Photo credit: Alex Garland

Photo credit: Alex Garland

Here’s 6 things to expect:

1) Controversy continues to build around Starbucks new parental leave policy, which would provide store employees dramatically less time with a new child than corporate employees would get.

2) Baristas & customers will be at the shareholder meeting to call on Starbucks to update their parental leave policy to apply equitably to all types of workers, all types of parents, and all types of families. They’ll carry green balloons reading “Congratulations, it’s unpaid!” as they reach out to shareholders about the importance of paid family leave.

3) Questions may be asked: Several baristas attending the meeting are also hoping to make use of the question & answer period to ask the gathered Starbucks executives to explain why they think the new children of baristas should get less time with their parents than new children of executives should get.

4) VP of Global Benefits: The shareholder meeting comes a day after two baristas delivered 80,000 petition signatures to corporate headquarters and then met with the VP of Global Benefits about the company’s paid parental leave policy. (Hi-res photos available.)

5) Meanwhile at City Hall: At the same time as the shareholder meeting gets underway at McCaw Hall, Seattle City Councilmember Lorena Gonzalez will be releasing the outline of a potential proposal for how Seattle can best move forward on a citywide paid family leave policy for private sector employees if the State Legislature fails to act. Starbucks already does business in 70 countries and several states which have paid family leave laws.

6) Hear our voices: Several baristas have shared powerful stories about the importance of paid family leave on our website. 

"Did State Rep Matt Manweller just endorse slavery?" — 2000+ asking as Legislature convenes

Email controversy rages around State Rep. Manweller over his remarks on Civil War and minimum wage

As the State Legislature convenes today, an email controversy is raging around the House Republican Assistant Floor Leader, State Rep. Matt Manweller (R, 13th LD - Ellensburg).

After Manweller tweeted in early January that “$0 would be a perfect min wage,” a voter pointed out that $0/hour hasn't been allowed since the Civil War. This was his response:

Since that shocking comment went public just a day ago, more than 2,000 Working Washington supporters from the Ellensburg area and across the state have sent messages to Manweller asking him to explain what he possibly meant by that.

We await his answer.


Contact: Sage Wilson, Working Washington: sage@workingwa.org

RunForTheMoney.org from Working Washington reveals which candidates are benefitting from big-dollar investments by anti-worker groups — one of them called “Working Families”

A new analysis of political campaign spending in Washington reveals the same lobby groups and political funds that are opposing Initiative 1433 to raise the minimum wage have already invested a massive $1.8 million in State Legislative elections, much of it through “Independent Expenditure” funds with misleading names like “Community Progress”, “Good Government Leadership Council,” and even “Working Families” — which even in the world of politics is a startlingly cynical name for a group funded by minimum wage opponents.

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HISTORY MADE: Seattle passes groundbreaking secure scheduling law by unanimous vote

With 9-0 vote to pass secure scheduling, Seattle City Council makes labor history

Coffee, food, and retail workers win new right to know when they’re going to work and how may hours they’re going to get

By a unanimous vote this afternoon, Seattle made labor history once again by passing secure scheduling — the first new labor standard to address weekly work schedules since overtime pay became law in the 1930s. This landmark victory in Seattle is only the beginning in the fight for balanced and flexible schedules in Washington State and across the country.

When Seattle workers with Working Washington won the nation’s first citywide $15/hour law in 2014, it set a new standard that everyone should receive a living wage for every hour they work. San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and California soon followed with $15 laws of their own. And in November, people across Washington state will vote on Initiative 1433, a ballot measure which will substantially raise the statewide minimum wage to $13.50/hour and provide paid sick time. 

With today’s unanimous vote to pass secure scheduling, Seattle workers are once again breaking new ground by establishing a new principle: that everyone should know when they’re going to work and how many hours they’re going to get.

“Today is the just beginning for secure scheduling,” said Working Washington Executive Director Sejal Parikh. “Seattle workers made this happen, but the crisis of unpredictable and unstable work schedules doesn’t end at the city limits. In just the last few days we’ve seen the mayor of New York City announce plans to take on secure scheduling, and they’re surely only the first to follow. We look forward to seeing who’s next as a new wave sweeps across the nation in the footsteps of the fight for $15.”

The minimum wage hits $15/hour for the first group of Seattle workers on January 1, 2017. The secure scheduling ordinance takes effect six months later, on July 1, 2017.

For more details see our previous release or check out our secure scheduling press kit.


MONDAY @ 3pm: Top national experts on work scheduling convene in Seattle

As Mayor Murray and Seattle City Council move forward on a landmark secure scheduling ordinance, three of the nation’s preeminent experts on the extent and impacts of unpredictable & unstable scheduling practices will convene Monday afternoon in downtown Seattle to share their research & policy expertise.

Who: Three of the nation’s preeminent experts on work scheduling practices: Anna Haley-Lock, Daniel Schneider, and Kristen Harknett

What: Share their research & policy expertise as it relates to the movement for secure scheduling in Seattle.

When: TODAY — Monday, August 22, 2016 at 3pm

Where: Working Washington office in downtown Seattle: 719 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104

Note: Space is limited; please RSVP to sage@workingwa.org if you plan to attend.


Dr. Anna Haley-Lock is Associate Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Social Work. She previously was on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Washington. Her work investigates employers’ choices about designing, managing, and rewarding jobs, including an ongoing study of big box retailer Costco; and how those practices relate to a range of employment outcomes experienced by organizations and their workforces, most recently including parental engagement in and experiences with their children’s schooling and care. Prof. Haley-Lock has focused on low-wage or “working poverty” jobs in for-profit, nonprofit and public settings, including retail stores, restaurants, long-term care facilities, domestic violence services programs, the US Postal Service, and occupations disproportionately held by vulnerable groups of workers such as women and primary or sole family caregivers. Her findings have identified “upstream” strategies for changing workplaces and public employment policies to promote worker, family, and community economic and social wellbeing, and have been published in varied journals (e.g., Social Service Review, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Work & Occupations, Industrial Relations, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and Community, Work & Family).

Daniel Schneider is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley. After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at UC Berkeley from 2012-2014. His research focuses on household economic security and on how economic inequality shapes the settings in which children grow up. His recent research documents the effects of the Great Recession on American families. Schneider’s current research examines how work schedule instability and unpredictability in the retail sector shape worker and child health and wellbeing.  His research has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Demography, and other outlets.

Dr. Kristen Harknett is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley's Department of Demography. Her research focuses on how policies impact the lives of low-income families, economic influences on family stability, and the reliance on kin support among low-income families. Her prior work has been published in the American Sociological Review, Demography, Social Forces, and several other journals. She is currently collaborating with Daniel Schneider from UC Berkeley on the Retail Work and Family Life Study, a study of scheduling practices in the retail sector and their effects on workers' health, well-being, and family life. This study has collected survey data from several thousand retail and food service workers nationwide.

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