Today’s special blend features a slight hint of karma.
A few days ago, I reported that General Electric suspended its vaccine mandate for its employees.
Now another corporation has also dumped its vaccine mandate, like a carafe of bitter, rancid coffee.
The tastiest part of this news: The corporation is one of the deepest blue, progressive, virtue-signaling entities in the country.
Starbucks Corp (SBUX.O) suspended COVID-19 vaccine-or-test requirement for U.S. employees that had been mandated by the government, according to a memo sent to workers on Tuesday, following an adverse U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
The coffee giant had said earlier this month it would require its around 220,000 U.S. employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. read more
The U.S. Supreme Court last week struck down Joe Biden administration’s vaccination-or-testing mandate for large businesses, ruling that the policy overstepped executive authority. read more
“We respect the court’s ruling and will comply,” Starbucks Chief Operating Officer John Culver wrote in a memo to workers.
Starbucks has 9,000 U.S. coffee shops and 200,000 workers. With this act, it has become one of the first major retailers to rescind its vaccine policies.
Starbucks’s move to drop its vaccine-or-test deadline highlights how the court’s ruling has put the responsibility for determining vaccination rules squarely on employers. And companies face a patchwork of federal, state and local laws, which range from vaccine mandates that are stricter than the federal government’s to laws blocking companies from requiring workers to wear masks.
“For most employers, it has proved to be a day-to-day crisis because when they think they know the answer, the rules change,” said Domenique Camacho Moran, a labor and employment lawyer with the firm Farrell Fritz.
Retailers and their advocates had been among the most vocal critics of the federal government’s vaccine rule, saying it would have exacerbated their struggles to hire or hold on to workers when millions of unemployed Americans remain on the sidelines of the job market.
Karma has come for Starbucks, as it is now the target of the very social justice activism it has long supported. #BoycottStarbucks is being promoted by its progressive patrons.
Soon after the announcement was made, many took to social media to express their opinion to the company’s decision, and the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks quickly made the rounds. It was among the top trending topics on Wednesday afternoon.
— Barb Johansen Newman (@JohansenNewman) January 19, 2022
— Heather 🌈✡️🎭 (@WillSing4TP) January 20, 2022
Too bad Starbucks decided to force liberal ideology with every cup of coffee purchased. I generally avoid using the chain, choosing a local barista whenever or wherever possible. I will own having one pumpkin spice latte each year in October.
If the corporation remained focused on good coffee and great service for all, conservatives would be organizing a counter #Buycott at this point.
But instead, many just troll on social media.
In honor of Starbucks rescinding the vaccine mandate for employees,
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) January 19, 2022
For once #BoycottStarbucks is not by conservative Christians? How interesting…
Me with my cheap coffee watching the world burn: pic.twitter.com/2t0pQnnr37
— The Moonbeam Medium 🌜🔮 (@moonbeam_medium) January 20, 2022
#BoycottStarbucks Liberals posting their L's online.
— Orb Ponderer (@ponderer_orb) January 20, 2022
— Brian Person 🔮🦉🚀 (@brian1625) January 20, 2022
I will conclude that as part of its mission statement, Starbucks says it promotes: Courage to challenge the status quo and in finding new paths.
I hope it enjoys the newest blend of courage, fortitude, and finding a new path in its approach to customers and politics.DONATE
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