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article imageStarbucks offers no tuition aid for Arizona State program

By Walter McDaniel     Jun 20, 2014 in Business
The discounts mentioned in an earlier Digital Journal article have turned out to be the only thing Starbucks is giving customers. They will not be giving any money to workers for the reduced cost of tuition.
In a previous report on Digital Journal, details of a discount plan for Starbucks workers that came from Arizona State were discussed. Unfortunately the "additional options offered" never materialized. In fact a new report from KOMO News 4 has confirmed that Starbucks will not be giving any money to U.S. workers in the program.
So Canadians get reimbursed while Americans can pay for it themselves. This does not particularly bode well for their dedication to diversity. Why does that matter? Because the tuition plan is part of a larger overall PR campaign for them that they would probably not like to see ruined.
Workers receiving the discount would pay around $1,000 each year for the programs out of their wages. While this is still a steep discount it may be inconvenient for workers who have to cut back on their hours for an education. It has been a longstanding problem in the American economy that employers give inconsistent or confusing benefits.
At the same time we're getting reports on this we are also getting reports that Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is giving "full tuition reimbursement" in a report by Politico. You will note that this story came out on 6/19/14. The Starbucks site still has the information up. Is this just a case of media miscommunication or will Starbucks executives have to do some serious backpedaling?
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