Starbucks Workers Want More Hours. Instead They Got a Meditation App


It’s the dead of winter and the slowest time of the year for coffee shops, and Starbucks baristas are feeling the pinch. Employees are posting online about how shift cuts and understaffing has them working espresso machines at an unreasonable rate, while scrambling to pay rent and qualify for full benefits. In recent weeks, Starbucks workers have revived a petition demanding that Starbucks do something about its “lack of labor” and “sinking morale.”

On Monday, in the midst of these complaints, Starbucks announced a new mental health benefit to its employees: free access to the trendy meditation app Headspace, which has been valued at $1 billion, and costs subscribers $69.99 for an annual subscription.

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