Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz agrees to testify at Senate hearing after subpoena threat


CEO of Starbucks Howard Schultz in New York City.

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Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has agreed to testify in a U.S. Senate hearing about the coffee chain’s alleged union busting after pressure from Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, or HELP, Committee was scheduled to vote Wednesday morning on whether to subpoena Schultz, who previously declined a request to appear. Sanders, a democratic socialist who represents Vermont, serves as chair of the committee.

Schultz is now scheduled to appear to appear at a March 29 hearing.

In February, Starbucks’ general counsel had written in a letter viewed by CNBC that since Schultz is stepping down as interim CEO in March, it would make more sense for another senior leader with ongoing responsibilities to testify. 

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