Why Don’t You Go Somewhere Else?

Source: American Institute for Economic Research
by Gary M Galles

“‘If you hate Starbucks so much, why don’t you go somewhere else?’ In Michael Hiltzik’s Los Angeles Times article, ‘Why Starbucks has become a huge unionization target — and why the company is in a panic,’ that is what Howard Schultz, head of Starbucks, reportedly told Madison Hall, a barista and union organizer at a Long Beach Starbucks, when Schultz did not want to discuss Hall’s allegations of unfair labor practices. Hiltzik used that quote to demean Starbucks as a company that has ‘undervalued their [workers’] contributions to business success’ …. With increasing numbers of Starbucks in California now unionized, and similar changes in some other states, ‘Why don’t you go [work] somewhere else?’ deserves more serious consideration rather than being dismissed as only an ad hominem attack of pique. It is a legitimate question, worth thinking about more carefully.” (01/06/23)