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Starbucks ‘Come Together’ anti-shutdown petition nears two million signatures

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle – Close to two million customers and employees have signed Starbucks Coffee Company’s “Come Together” petition that seeks to break the current deadlock in Washington. The petition urges the nation’s elected leaders to reopen the federal government, pay debts on time and pass a bi-partisan and comprehensive long-term budget deal by the end of the year has close to two million signatures.

Starbucks plans to present collected positions to Congress and President Obama on Wednesday. The retailer says more petitions are expected to arrive over the next few days from other organizations and the remainder of Starbucks company-operated stores.

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Survey: Retail holiday hires grow

BY Dan Berthiaume

Chicago – More retailers are hiring extra holiday staff this year. According to a new annual holiday hiring survey from CareerBuilder and Harris Interactive, 39% of retail hiring managers reported that they plan to hire seasonal workers this year, up from 36% last year and 29% in 2011.

Some employers will hire seasonal employees in November (27%) and December (10%), the majority of employers stop accepting applications by the end of October. Popular holiday positions include customer service (33%), shipping/delivery (18%) and inventory management (17%). Half (51%) of employers hiring seasonal staff will pay $10 or more per hour. A majority of employers who hire holiday staff (67%) say they typically rehire some of the same people every year.

"Seasonal employment is expected to be somewhat better than last year, and can lead to more than just extra income for workers," said Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America. "Nearly half (49%) of U.S. employers who are hiring seasonal workers plan to transition some into full-time, permanent staff. This is up ten percentage points over last year and indicative of a growing trend where employers are test-driving candidates before committing to a long-term hire. Seasonal work is a good way for job seekers to network, showcase their abilities and secure a permanent position in a variety of industries."

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MinuteClinics open inside Northern California CVS stores

BY Dan Berthiaume

Woonsocket, R.I. – The first MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinics in Northern California and the Bay Area have opened inside select CVS/pharmacy stores in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Three MinuteClinic locations are now operating in Foster City, San Jose, and Sunnyvale CVS/pharmacy stores.

Four additional clinics will begin to treat patients in November in Burlingame, Campbell, Mountain View and Santa Clara. There are 35 MinuteClinic locations elsewhere in California spanning from the San Fernando Valley to San Diego. MinuteClinic’s entry into Northern California is part of the company’s national expansion plan to open 150 clinics nationwide in 2013.

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