Starbucks to Give Workers Raises, Stock Bonuses, Sick Leave Due to Republican Tax LawChris Menahan
Jan. 24, 2018
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Starbucks announced Wednesday they're planning to give many of their workers raises, stock grants and sick leave specifically "because of the recent tax overhaul" which lowers corporate tax rates from 35% to 21%, CNN reports.
For the first time in its history, Starbucks is giving all of its baristas sick leave.
In addition, Starbucks is boosting hourly and salaried employees’ pay starting in April.As a reminder, Democratic Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said just before the Republicans' tax bill passed that it would not benefit workers, nor lead to any job creation. He cited AT&T as evidence and attacked the company by name.
"I love the example of AT&T," Schumer said. "Over the last ten years, AT&T has paid an average tax rate of eight percent a year. They have 80,000 fewer employees today than they had then."
"Tax breaks don't lead to job creation," he said. "They lead to big CEO salaries and money for the very, very wealthy."
AT&T announced huge bonuses to all employees just minutes before his self-righteous speech. Dozens of massive companies followed suit.
Former President Barack Obama also mocked the idea Trump could "bring all these jobs back" to America back on June 1, 2016.
"When somebody says, like the person you just mentioned, that he's gonna bring all these jobs back, well, how exactly are you gonna do that? What are you gonna do? There's, uh, uh, uh, no answer to it," Obama said. "Trump just says, 'I'm gonna negotiate a better deal.' Well, how? How exactly are you gonna negotiate that? What magic wand does Trump have? And usually the answer is, he doesn't have an answer."
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