Starbucks CEO Compared His Company To Holocaust Prisoners In Plea To Stop Workers From Unionizing

  • Howard Schultz compared Starbucks to Holocaust prisoners in an effort to stop the unionization of his company in a video address to employees.
  • One of the many problems with Schultz’s argument is that the workers are still the Holocaust prisoners in his analogy about people huddling in railcars, forced to share blankets.
  • “So much of that story is threaded into what we’ve tried to do at Starbucks is share our blanket,” Schultz said, apparently unaware that his “blanket” is worth over $5 billion.

Sarah K. Burris from Rawstory writes:

“Starbucks employees are inches from forming a union to advocate for safer working conditions, better wages and benefits. The movement might be leading CEO Howard Schultz to desperation.

In a video address, Schultz compared Starbucks to Holocaust prisoners in his effort to stop the unionization. He described the experiences of prisoners in rail cars headed to their torture and death in Nazi concentration camps, Vice News reported.

Schultz explained that in those rail cars only a few were given blankets and had to share them with others. He told the workers that the Starbucks workers should share the company’s blanket instead of demanding their own individual benefits. One of the many problems with Schultz’s argument is that the workers are still the Holocaust prisoners in that analogy.

“Not everyone but most people shared their blanket with five other people,” Schultz, who noted that he is Jewish before sharing the story, said. “So much of that story is threaded into what we’ve tried to do at Starbucks is share our blanket.”

Howard Schultz’s net worth is $5 billion…”

See full story here.



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