The list of Hillary Clinton’s potential Cabinet picks was reported by Axios, the media startup created by the co-founder of Politico.
Starbucks chairman and CEO Howard Schultz was apparently Hillary Clinton’s pick to head the federal Department of Labor, according to a report from Axios, the media startup created by the co-founder of Politico.
Schultz was on a list of potential candidates for positions that also included Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg as a possible Commerce or Treasury secretary, according to the report, which was based on “interviews with numerous Clinton insiders.”
“While Trump had to scramble to build a government starting Nov. 9, Clinton had a team in waiting,” according to the report from Mike Allen, former chief White House correspondent for Politico and a co-founder of Axios along with Jim VandeHei, co-founder and former CEO of Politico. “By Election Day, her roster was so refined that most jobs just had one name.”
Schultz was the only name listed as potential Labor secretary in the report.
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Schultz, who had endorsed Hillary Clinton, had also reportedly been considered for the vice presidency, along with Bill and Melinda Gates, according to a list included in a hacked email released earlier by WikiLeaks.
The Starbucks CEO has donated money and raised funds for Democratic candidates and has been outspoken about civic issues. He has pushed the company to get involved in everything from conversations about race relations to the hiring of veterans to battling homelessness. Last year, the company began a series of documentaries about Americans who do inspirational things in their communities.
But Starbucks has also been one of the companies at the center of a labor issue gaining nationwide momentum: worker scheduling. Some employees had complained of being scheduled for fluctuating or unpredictable hours, or not being given enough rest time between a late closing shift and early opening shift the next day.
Such reports have led cities such as Seattle to pass scheduling laws for retail and fast food workers. Starbucks has said it’s made improvements, including posting schedules at least 14 days in advance and requiring at least eight hours rest between shifts, unless otherwise required by local laws.
Schultz announced in July that he would be stepping back from day-to-day Starbucks operations to focus more on the high end of the company’s business, including building a new series of premium coffee shops. Then last month, he said he would be stepping down from the CEO position altogether in April, handing the reins over to company president and chief operating officer Kevin Johnson.
Schultz said he would remain with the company as executive chairman, concentrating on long-term global strategy and innovation, including developing its premium businesses.
A Starbucks spokesperson said the company doesn’t comment on rumors or speculation. The Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Labor secretary, Andrew Puzder, is also a chain restaurant executive. Puzder heads CKE Restaurants Holdings, the parent company of Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s and other chains.