By Joanna Slater

Source: The Washington Post

Earlier this month, Howard Schultz, the man who built Starbucks into a global giant, traveled to this city for an unusual gathering of the company’s employees.

Schultz talked about growing up poor in Brooklyn and the values that guide Starbucks. The company is about much more than coffee, he told hundreds of assembled baristas: It is about humanity, community and love.

Right as he finished, Gianna Reeve, a 20-year-old shift supervisor, stood up and introduced herself. She held in her hand a set of voluntary principles for fair-labor organizing at the company. Schultz immediately left the room, escorted by a senior manager.

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