Starbucks raises barista wages as restaurants prepare for minimum wage hike

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A worker stands inside Starbucks in the downtown core during the coronavirus pandemic on May 20, 2020 in New York City.Noam Galai | Getty Images

Starbucks is increasing its baristas’ hourly wages as the restaurant industry braces for a higher minimum wage when President-elect Joe Biden takes office.Beginning Dec. 14, baristas, shift supervisors and cafe attendants will receive a pay increase of at least 10% if they were hired before Sept. 24, according to an internal rating obtained by CNBC. Employees who have worked in a company operated location will receive an increase of at least 11%. And starting salaries will be increased by 5% to help cafe managers find more staff.

The coffee chain is known to offer its workers more generous benefits and salaries compared to other national retailers and restaurant chains. He already pays above the minimum wage.

Business Insider first reported on the memo written by Rossann Williams, president of the company’s Starbucks branches in the United States and Canada. Williams wrote the note on November 2, the day before the presidential election.

In March, Starbucks was among companies offering disaster compensation to its workers as Covid-19 cases skyrocket in the United States.

The wage hikes come as voters voice their support for a higher minimum wage. The federal salary has been $ 9.25 an hour for more than a decade, and the restaurant industry expects a rise during Biden’s tenure as president.

But states and cities are more proactive. Most recently, Florida voted to raise its wage floor over the next six years until it hits $ 15 an hour. It is the eighth state to approve a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour and the second most populous state to do so.

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