"Elmhurst Dairy is a five generation family owned business that employs almost 700 people. It's a New York institution and major employer in Queens," said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. "We intend to do everything in our power to keep these jobs right here and are hopeful that the contract that keeps Elmhurst Dairy running is allowed to continue."
"Starbucks' plans to transfer its milk production outside of New York City would be a devastating blow to communities and to the hundreds of workers at the city's only remaining dairy plant," said U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. "If we're going to rebuild our city's economy and put New Yorkers back to work, we need to keep businesses we have right here where they belong. As Starbucks continues to grow and benefit from city residents, I urge them to reconsider the move and continue to support Queens' Elmhurst Dairy."
"Elmhurst Dairy is one of the oldest successful businesses in my Congressional District. It has been in existence since the 1800's and is the only dairy processing plant in NYC," said U.S. Congressman Gregory Meeks. "The loss of the Starbuck's account to a non-union dairy outside of the city would be catastrophic for Elmhurst Dairy and would make it difficult for them to continue. This would bring loss of union jobs that would significantly impact my district and NYC's already flailing job market. I strongly urge Starbucks to reconsider."
"I am proud to join Speaker Quinn and my fellow Queens colleagues on this issue," stated Deputy Majority Leader Leroy Comrie. "Elmhurst Dairy is an invaluable institution in our City, not only as a provider of dairy products for New Yorkers, but as a long-time employer and good corporate citizen. I have had the privilege of working with them over the years as co-sponsors of job fairs and community holiday events that my office has held. Elmhurst Dairy is the last remaining milk processor in New York City and processes the milk consumed at all the New York City public schools and all the Starbucks locations in the New York metro area. Elmhurst also services many local grocers whose contracts are too small for large milk producers to service. Starbucks' plan to move the production of the milk supplied to their stores out of New York City to a non-union plant would potentially result in the loss of hundreds of union jobs in Southeast Queens, which has long suffered from unemployment and the recent closure of the Wonder Bread factory."
"I strongly urge Starbucks to reconsider their decision and delay the June 17th deadline to prevent the significant negative impact this will have on our City," stated Council Member Ruben Mills. "I am outraged that Starbucks, a company that has stores on nearly every city block in Manhattan, and has reaped billions of dollars in sales in New York City, is not fulfilling their contract with Elmhurst Dairy. Starbucks and their PR machine have said repeatedly that they care about being good neighbors and investing in the neighborhoods they serve. Moving their milk supplies from New York City to a non-union plant goes against what they tell the public. At a time when New York City and my district are still dealing with the lasting effects of the recession and unemployment rates remain high, it is irresponsible of Starbucks to potentially cost my district and New York City hundreds of jobs," Mills added.