Unite Peet’s is a national movement of customers, employees, and concerned citizens who believe that Peet’s can and should provide sustainable employment to 100% of its employees.
On October 29th, 2012, Peet’s Coffee & Tea sold for $1,000,000,000.
CEO Pat O’Dea cashed in his remaining shares and retired from Peet’s two weeks later. Reflecting on his 10 years at Peet’s in an internal memo, he congratulated Peet’s’ management team, boasting: “We’ve created more than 2,000 jobs.”
What he failed to note is that 80% of the jobs at Peet’s Coffee & Tea pay far less than a living wage, provide zero paid sick days, and offer no set amount of weekly hours.
The 80% who occupy these positions are the retail workforce of Peet’s. They are the face and voice of the company. It is time for Peet’s to acknowledge the value of their contribution. It is time for Peet’s to pay 100% of its employees a living wage.
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