Home Depot (HD) announced on Thursday that it will pay its U.S. hourly workers a one-time bonus of up to $1,000 tied to President Trump’s tax reform.
“This incremental investment in our associates was made possible by the new tax reform bill,” Craig Menear, chairman and CEO of the company, said in a statement.
The New York-based airline said on Jan. 4 that it would grant a $1,000 to each of its 21,000 crewmembers, with the exception of its CEO and other executives.
“We believe these tax changes will be positive for our company, and provide us the opportunity to do good things for our crewmembers, customers and shareholders,” JetBlue President and CEO Robin Hayes said in a letter to company employees.
Starbucks (SBUX) is giving all of its U.S.-based hourly and salaried workers an unspecified raise in April, in addition to a wage increase already dispersed earlier in the fiscal year, which began last October. Starbucks says it is investing roughly $120 million in the wage increases.
The company is also awarding workers stock grants worth a total of more than $100 million to those employed by the chain as of Jan. 1, 2018. Retail employees will receive at least a $500 grant, while store managers will receive grants of $2,000, the chain said.
The Dallas-based airline is awarding a $1,000 cash bonus to all of its full-time and part-time employees. The bonuses will be distributed on Jan. 8. In addition, Southwest said it will donate $5 million toward charitable causes and partner with Boeing to modernize its fleet of planes.
“We applaud Congress and the President for taking this action to pass legislation, which will result in meaningful corporate income tax reform for the transportation sector in general, and for Southwest Airlines, in particular,” Southwest Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said in a statement. “We are excited about the savings and additional capital, which we intend to put to work in several forms—to reward our hard-working employees, to reinvest in our business, to reward our shareholders, and to keep our costs and fares low for our Customers.”
- Starbucks does not include testing for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) as part of the “review and background check” of potential employees.
- The latent tuberculosis (TB) rate of 43 percent among refugees in San Diego County from sub-Saharan Africa is more than ten times greater than the latent TB rate of 4 percent found in the general population
- 30 Starbucks managers interviewed refugees at a hiring event in El Cajon, California on Tuesday as part of the company’s commitment to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years.
Breitbart by Michael Patrick Leahy
Recent arrivals from Somalia and other countries in sub-Saharan Africa were among the refugees interviewed for possible jobs by 30 Starbucks managers at a hiring event in El Cajon, California on Tuesday as part of the company’s commitment to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years.
The latent tuberculosis (TB) rate of 43 percent among refugees in San Diego County from sub-Saharan Africa is more than ten times greater than the latent TB rate of 4 percent found in the general population, according to a 2013 study from a research team led by Dr. Timothy Rodwell, “an associate professor and physician in the Division of Global Health at UCSD [University of California at San Diego].”
Rodwell’s study “analyzed data from LTBI [latent tuberculosis infection] screening results of 4,280 refugees resettled in San Diego County between January 2010 and October 2012,” and found that “[t]he prevalence of LTBI was highest among refugees from sub-Saharan Africa (43%) and was associated with current smoking and having a clinical comorbidity that increases the risk for active tuberculosis. Although refugees from sub-Saharan Africa had the highest prevalence of infection, they were significantly less likely to initiate treatment than refugees from the Middle East.”
…Starbucks apparently does not include testing for latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) as part of the “review and background check” of potential employees.
Applying just this standard employee review practice to the Somali refugees under consideration to become Starbucks baristas could pose a potential health risk to Starbucks employees and customers.
“Around 10 percent of those with LTBI will develop active TB at some point in their lives. The triggering mechanism to activate latent TB is not entirely understood, but high levels of stress, crowded living situations, poor public health practices, the presence of other diseases that lower the immune system, and behavioral conduct–such as smoking–appear to increase the chances of activation,” as Breitbart News reported this week.
Of the 1,263 refugees who have been resettled in San Diego County in the ten months and one week since FY 2017 began on October 1, 2016, 29 percent, or 364, are from sub-Saharan Africa, according to the Department of State’s interactive website: 177 from the Democratic Republic of Congo, 134 from Somalia, 20 from Eritrea, 14 from Ethiopia, 11 from Sudan, 5 from the Central African Republic, 2 from Kenya, and one from Cameroon.
There is no indication that latent TB testing and treatment requirements of refugees in San Diego County have changed since the 2013 study.
As Breitbart News reported this week, the 2013 Rodwell study found that, among refugees in San Diego, the incidence of active TB among refugees in San Diego County is 327 per 100,000, more than 100 times greater than the 2.9 per 100,000 incidence rate of active TB among the general population in the United States.
Not only is Starbucks apparently not testing these refugees it is considering hiring for TB — who apparently come from Somalia, Afghanistan, and Syria– many of them may not even have been tested by the federal government for TB in their initial domestic medical screenings.
Breitbart News repeatedly asked Starbucks for comment on its TB testing procedures for new hires, but received no response.
- “Islam condemns LGBT. It’s a sin”
- Anwar Abbas of Muhammadiyah, an organization that has around 30 million members: Indonesia should revoke Starbucks’ operating license as the company’s support for the LGBT community is “not in line” with the nation’s Islamic ideology
- Abbas: “If Starbucks only does business, then fine. But don’t bring ideology here,”
Reuters | JAKARTA
A leader of Indonesia’s second-largest Muslim organization has called for a boycott of Starbucks, saying that the international coffee chain’s pro-gay stand risks ruining the “religious and cultured” core of the Southeast Asian nation.
With the exception of the ultra-conservative Aceh province, homosexuality is legal in Indonesia. But police raids on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community have risen in the world’s most populous Muslim country.
Anwar Abbas of Muhammadiyah, an organization that has around 30 million members, said the government should revoke Starbucks’ operating license as the company’s support for the LGBT community is “not in line” with the nation’s ideology.
“If Starbucks only does business, then fine. But don’t bring ideology here,” Abbas told Reuters by phone on Saturday.
PT Sari Coffee Indonesia, which holds the license to run the Starbucks chain, is a legal entity that “always obeys the prevailing regulations and appreciates the cultural values in Indonesia”, an executive at its parent company said.
“We also value the religious background of our customers and employees,” Fetty Kwartati, a director at PT MAP Boga Adiperkasa Tbk, said in a text message.
Indonesia’s reputation for tolerance and pluralism is already under scrutiny after Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic-Chinese Christian, was sentenced in May to two years in prison for blasphemy in a trial that came after mass Islamist-led rallies last year.
Asked why he had taken a stand against Starbucks, Abbas said he was informed in a chat group about a pro-LGBT comment made by the company’s senior executive, Howard Schultz.
Schultz is now chairman of Starbucks after stepping down from his previous role as chief executive.
Forbes reported that when a Starbucks shareholder complained in 2013 that the company had lost customers because of its support for gay marriage, Schultz said it embraces diversity and that “not every decision is an economic decision.”
If you feel, respectfully, that you can get a higher return than the 38 percent you got last year, it’s a free country. You can sell your shares in Starbucks and buy shares in another company,” Schultz was reported as saying at that time.
A video of the comment was also posted on YouTube.
Starbucks customer Annisa Meidiana, who is a Muslim, said she would not stop buying coffee there because of the call for the boycott.
“Islam condemns LGBT. It’s a sin,” the 22-year-old university student said outside Jakarta. “But it doesn’t matter to me. For me, being an LGBT is a human right.”
(Reporting by Nilufar Rizki and Jessica Damiana; Additional reporting by Stefanno Reinard; Writing by Eveline Danubrata; Editing by Nick Macfie)
STARBUCKS OFFERS FREE COFFEE IF YOU TALK POLITICS WITH SOMEONE YOU DISAGREE WITH…OMG! IMAGINE A TRIGGERED LIBERAL GOING UNHINGED!
Starbucks giving away free coffee if you talk politics with someone you disagree with. If you’re conservative, don’t expect your facts to undo the emotional opinion of a liberal. BUT, expect a triggered liberal to get so angry they may resort to physical violence, screaming, crying and all kinds of unhinged demonstration of their liberal emotions.
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Want a free cup of coffee? Starbucks has got you covered.
All you have to do is drink it while talking to someone you disagree with. That’s the premise behind the coffee behemoth’s collaboration with Harvard Business School startup ‘Hi from the Other Side’…
Here’s how it works: Users can sign up for the app via Facebook and are then paired with someone nearby who identifies with the opposing political party. Each user then receives half of the information necessary to unlock a Starbucks gift card. Then, once both participants meet up, they can work together to unlock the gift cards and receive a complimentary cup of java.
STARBUCKS ERECTS GENDER WALL TO SEGREGATE WOMEN FROM MEN, BANNED WOMEN AFTER WALL COLLAPSED – BUT THEY ARE IN SAUDI SO IT’S OK, RIGHT?…HOW ABOUT THE LGBT, ARE THEY STILL NOT ALLOWED?
Looking for a cup off Starbucks coffee in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? Get behind the gender segregation wall, ladies!
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz recently claimed that “civility and human rights” were under attack when he announced a pledge to hire 10,000 refugees in its stores around the world and in the United States. However, it appears that Schultz’ pledge is little more than virtue signaling, as the coffee chain has proven itself more than willing to adapt to local customs that run contrary to the western ideals.
In Saudi Arabia, for example, Starbucks adheres to the practice of gender segregation. In it’s Saudi locations, Starbucks erects “gender walls” to keep women and men from co-mingling in their coffee shops. Some might say that Starbucks’ decision to comply with such rules perpetuates the second-class citizenship of Saudi women.
Early in 2016, one such wall collapsed, reportedly forcing the coffee chain to temporarily ban women from its store in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
One woman reported the ban on Twitter, posting pictures of a sign on the store’s front door which read in English and Arabic “please no entry for ladies only send your driver to order.”
STARBUCKS STOCK FREE FALL AFTER CEO SCHULTZ CRITICIZES TRUMP AND PROMISES TO HIRE 10,000 REFUGEES…BOYCOTT BURQA CAFE A.K.A. STARBUCKS!
Starbucks stock in free fall after their ‘heroic’ call to hire refugees ( how about veterans ) after criticizing Trump’s temporary Muslim ban from 7 countries.
If #boycott starbucks will continue, it would be teach this overrated liberal company some political sense.
On Monday Starbucks Corp CEO Howard Schultz announced that the company would hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years to ease the company’s conscience.
This announcement violates EEOC rules. And it’s been trending on facebook ever since the call to boycott this Democrat Party advocate.
BURQA CAFE! STARBUCKS TO HIRE 10,000 REFUGEES IN NEXT 5 YEARS…WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO OPEN STORES IN GHETTO AREAS?
Starbucks to hire 10,000 refugees over the next 5 years. Hey Starbucks, why not also expand by opening stores in ghetto areas in order to create jobs for minorities.
Starbucks announced its plan to hire 10,000 refugees over the next five years in an act of defiance against President Donald Trump
Two days after Trump signed an executive order barring entry to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz outlined company-wide policies it would implement in response to the new administration
Schultz, who supported Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the campaign, also vowed to offer health care to its employees and support to undocumented immigrants as well as coffee growers in Mexico