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Better Latté Than Never: Starbucks Drops Vaccine Mandate For Its Employees

Giving zero Bucks about a strict vaccination requirement, Starbucks Corporation announced that it will no longer require employees to be vaccinated. The prosperous coffee chain sent a companywide email to its employees (~220,000) on Tuesday (Jan. 18), via FoxBusiness, updating their policy of requiring proof of vaccination after the Biden administration advocated for businesses of over 100 employees or over to be inoculated or subject to weekly testing to retain employment. After the Supreme Court officially rejected Biden’s proposal — citing overreach concerns by OSHA — with a 6-3 vote, Starbucks and other large companies were put on notice to start shaping their guidelines according to SCOTUS’ counsel, or President Biden’s offered ruling. The company stated at the beginning of the new year that all hires would be subject to OSHA’s vaccine rule as of Jan. 9. Starbucks Chief Operating Officer John Culver made the announcement and put the onus on the Supreme Court’s decision rather than reject the largely unpopular OSHA mandate. Starbucks scraps vaccine mandate— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) January 19, 2022 “We respect the court’s ruling and will comply,” Culver announced, sidestepping potential backlash from its base of green aprons and septum-pierced opponents. Hindered by labor and supply shortages […]



Written by Alejandro Avila

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