Starbucks Rescinds Employee COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate 

Starbucks has decided the vaccine mandate isn't good for their business


Starbucks will no longer require its employees get a COVID-19 vaccine. Chief Operating Officer John Culver informed employees of the decision in a memo sent on January 18.

The announcement follows the Supreme Court's January 13 decision in National Federation of Independent Businesses v. OSHA. Following a sweeping executive order that would have required private companies with 100 or more employees to make their workers get vaccinated or submit to regular testing, the Court ruled that the Department of Labor, absent congressional authorization, lacks the authority to enforce such a rule.

Starbucks had imposed a vaccine mandate on its 228,000 U.S. employees in order to comply with that executive order.  

Starbucks is far from the only company to update its vaccination policies in response to the Supreme Court's ruling. General Electric (GE) axed its vaccine mandate last week. The company had temporarily suspended the policy after a lower court ordered a stay on the Biden administration's mandate, and it eliminated it entirely after the ruling came down.

The clothing manufacturer Carhartt went in the opposite direction, maintaining a mandate for its 5,500 workers. "The ruling does not change Carhartt's mandatory vaccination program," Chief Executive Officer Mark Valade explained in a memo. "Carhartt fully understands and respects the varying opinions on this topic, and we are aware some of our associates do not support this policy. However, we stand behind our decision because we believe vaccines are necessary to protect our workforce."

Unsurprisingly, these corporate decisions have sparked both praise and condemnation. Some consumers have vowed to boycott companies for either upholding or abandoning their mandates. 

The science makes it clear that the COVID-19 vaccines make both hospitalization and death from the virus far less likely. But there are good reasons for government not to coerce private companies into these mandates. It is a violation of bodily autonomy and an infringement on the rights of private employers. Furthermore, during a labor shortage, many companies are not in a position to eliminate potential hires from their candidate pool. 

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  1. I wear Carhartt. But will not be buying any in the future. Coat made in Mexico. Shirt made in India.

    1. It is a sad day when redneck uniform makers gives up on individual liberty and soy boy yuppies don't.

      1. Yeah. About half of the field staff at work wear Carhartt. And about half would have walked had there been a vaccine mandate.

  2. Well this seems contrary to the claims made by some here that corporations are doing these mandates from their own decision making and not from government impetus.

    1. To be fair, there are some people here that are not right in the head.

    2. Came here to say exactly this. The President of the US announced his intention to mandate vaccines. He then sent an executive order, published publicly, to OSHA.

      In that environment, you cannot legally make the "Private Businesses" argument. You just can't. The second Biden made his announcement or- being a bit more generous- the second he signed that Executive order, everything that private businesses did was under the cloud of government mandates.

      What is totes sad is that so many supposed libertarians were *up in arms* that other governors would counter with their own mandates.

    3. Those people are stupid, liars, or both.

    4. I think some companies thought it would be a good idea.

    5. Doesn't the action of Carhartt back the claim that some companies are implementing these mandates using their own decision making? I don't back government mandates on vaccines but if Carhart wants to do it, that's up to them. Same as Chumby has the right to stop buying products from Carhartt.

  3. John Galt would be proud.

    How much of the labor force, and by extension the citizenry, have to say "go fuck yourself" before the authoritarians give up?

    That's rhetorical, btw.

    1. They will never give up.

  4. "The science makes it clear that the COVID-19 vaccines make both hospitalization and death from the virus far less likely."

    The science ehhhhh?

    1. Anyone who uses “the science” unironically should be ignored. The phrase is actually a gift, giving listeners a warning flag that someone is bullshitting them.

      I believe the first time I heard the term was in one of Obama’s speeches about climate change, “the science is settled”.

      1. Eugenics was settled science in the 1930s.

        1. Blacks can't serve in the military because of night blindness.

          1. It's unfair for blacks to serve in the military because enemy soldiers can't see them in the dark.

    2. Yes, Anthony "The Science" Fauci says so. Did you think any leftist actually refers to scientific inquiry these days.

    3. Well they do back it up with 7 person studies 😛

  5. The scientism keeps changing. Are we literally killing other people or not?

  6. This is the level of optimism we're dealing with.

    ‘Our city’s not dead yet’: PCC opening brings new hope to downtown Seattle

    ‘Our city’s not dead yet’: PCC opening highlights promise of, and challenges to, downtown Seattle’s recovery

    PCC Community Markets formally opened its new location in downtown Seattle Wednesday morning — and the ceremony, which drew business leaders and elected officials, a heavy media presence and a well-heeled crowd stretching down Fourth Avenue, often felt less like a ribbon-cutting than a rescue operation.

    This is from the newspaper that's been claiming for the last 5 - 8 years that "nothing's wrong, and anyone who says there's something wrong is just a big meanie trumpy mctrumpinator, now put your two masks on and get in line!"

    Oh, that picture in the article? You can't GET more Seattle than that. You simply cannot.

    1. The downtown Seattle Target store, on Second Avenue, two blocks from the new PCC Community Market, is one of several retailers in the area that has been hard-hit by shoplifting.

      LOL. Remember when that wasn't happening either? Fuck off.

    2. Are those people clapping or rubbing their hands together in anticipation? Or possibly cold.

      1. Prayer. O num Covid. O Num Covid!

      2. They look like they are holding their hands together in supplication and praying to their rescuers.

      3. Clapping. A group of Boomer, triple mask-wearing Branch Covidians were excited that an upscale organic foods store had opened near the homeless camp called "downtown".

        1. I find it very interesting that they are more concerned about GMO's in food but not being a GMO and then asking to be a continually updated GMO themselves.

    3. I look forward to Seattle being buried again by the glaciers.

    4. There will be an armed guard but the store manager says publicly they won’t chase shoplifters. Might as well hang a “free stuff” sign.

      1. The armed guard is to protect the shoppers against MAGA hats.

      2. An armed guard doesn't need to chase shoplifters. Bullets will do the chasing for him.

        1. Show me your receipt. You have 30 seconds to comply. /ED209

  7. It is a violation of bodily autonomy

    Should about do it.

  8. Oh, Seattle and your media, keep being you...

    For a couple of hours last Saturday, Little Saigon was transformed.

    Police walked and cruised on bikes around 12th Avenue South and South Jackson Street. A King County Metro worker pressure washed the bus stop. Public officials joined more than 100 volunteers to pick up trash.

    The outpouring of attention took place as the struggles of Little Saigon became too obvious for local government to ignore. But soon after the day of service ended, life around the neighborhood returned to normal. Open-air drug dealing and using, litter and a pervasive sense of chaos returned unabated.

    1. If you don't address the root causes of problems, cleaning up the symptoms is window dressing at best.

  9. I'll take a pass on Carhartt and buy a Starbucks instead. Vaccine mandates are inherently evil. The decision to injected permanently with a foreign substance is a personal decision and only a personal decision.

    I will give Starbucks a pass because at least they have reversed their position, but Carhartt maintaining their evil vaccine mandate even after the SOCTUS decision is really messed up.

    There are plenty of other competitors who sell similar products, so the market should respond with a resounding "%^&* No"!

    Personally I have been vaccinated, so I'm not anti-vax. I am profoundly anti-mandate. I made my personal decision for better or worse, but have zero right to force my decision on other people and government and companies shouldn't either.

    1. And this should be the standard. Do what you think is best for you; don't try to involve yourself in other people's choices.

  10. Intern Corey, welcome to the commentariat cesspool. I, for one, trigger trolls by being thoughtful and inquisitive here.
    For you (and/or the trolletariat): Is there an on-line resource you can point us to that tracks companies who have reversed course in their Vaccine-mandate decision? I happen to be employed by another large Seattle-area employer who is (as of now) sticking to a vaccine or else mandate for Most of its corporate workers. I am speculating that they may follow suit soon given the rising and proven transmissions from vaccinated people.

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