Sunday, 6 April 2008

Who gets to share tips at Starbucks?

This past Thursday (3 April 2008), Reuters published a short report that Starbucks baristas in N.Y. join battle over tips:

"Starbucks Corp baristas in New York sued the popular coffee chain for more than $5 million on Thursday, joining employees from other regions who say they were unfairly forced to share tips with shift supervisors.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, seeks class action status for more than 2,000 Starbucks hourly employees, who are referred to as baristas.

In March, a San Diego Superior Court Judge ordered Starbucks to pay roughly $106 million to more than 100,000 current and former workers employed at California Starbucks stores since late 2000.

Starbucks in a statement said it would appeal the California judgment, which also required that Starbucks cease letting supervisors share tips."

For some more background and commentary, see Greg Moran's Starbucks Baristas Win California Tip Case at the IWW Starbucks Workers Union blog.

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