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Thursday, September 15, 2005

For the Good Guys 

As much as I bitch about Starbucks - crappy, overpriced coffee driving good local shops into the ground, etc. - they really are one of the better companies out there, socio-politically speaking. They offer health insurance for all employees working more than 20 hours a week, well below the over-30-hours standard for most coverage.

Alas, with today's spiraling healthcare costs, even the fabulously successful coffee giant is feeling the burn of its generosityresponsible policies: "Starbucks will spend more on health insurance for its employees this year than on raw materials needed to brew its coffee."

We need a solution ASAP, or even the good guys will have to stop giving benefits, or go out of business.

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