Starbucks employees are no longer required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. A week after the Supreme Court reversed President’s Biden workplace vaccine mandate, the coffee chain is following suit.
Starbucks Chief Operating Officer John Culver said that they respect the Court’s ruling and will comply. The Supreme Court issued mixed rulings in a pair of cases challenging Biden administration COVID-19 vaccine mandates, allowing the requirement for certain health care workers to go into effect while blocking enforcement of a mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees.
Starbucks is encouraging all workers to be vaccinated and boosted against the virus. COO said that they want to emphasize that we continue to believe strongly in the spirit and intent of the mandate. They also thank more than 90 percent of partners who have already disclosed their vaccination status, and to the vast majority who are now fully vaccinated. Starbucks employs 228,000 people in the U.S.
The company is facing a rise in workers wanting to unionize. The employees in New York voted to establish the first unionized restaurant among the coffee chain’s thousands of corporate-run U.S. sites. The workers in cities including Boston; Chicago; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Starbucks’ hometown of Seattle have petitioned to unionize.