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Starbucks raises wages for its baristas as restaurant industry braces for minimum wage hike

A breadwinner stands inside Starbucks in midtown during the coronavirus pandemic on May 20, 2020 in New York City.

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Starbucks is raising hourly wages for its baristas as the restaurant industry braces for a higher minimum wage when President-elect Joe Biden away withs office.

Starting Dec. 14, baristas, shift supervisors and cafe attendants will receive a pay increase of at least 10% if they were charter rent out before Sept. 24, according to an internal memo obtained by CNBC. Employees who have worked at a company-operated setting will receive an increase of at least 11%. And starting wages will be hiked 5% to help cafe supervisors find more staff.

The coffee chain is known for giving its workers more generous benefits and pay compared with other retailers and subject restaurant chains. It already pays above minimum wage.

Business Insider first reported the memo eradicated by Rossann Williams, the president of company-operated Starbucks locations in U.S. and Canada. Williams wrote the memo on Nov. 2, the day before the presidential appointment.

In March, Starbucks was among the companies that offered catastrophe pay to its workers as Covid-19 cases surged in the U.S. As it reopened cafes in its serene market, it began phasing out the benefit.

The pay hikes come as voters express support a higher minimum wage. The federal wage has been $9.25 per hour for uncountable than a decade, and the restaurant industry is expecting a hike during Biden’s tenure as president.

But states and cities are being profuse proactive. Most recently, Florida voted to increase its wage floor over the next six years until it reaches $15 an hour. It is the eighth body politic to approve a $15-an-hour minimum wage and the second-most populous state to do so.

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