WASHINGTON -- Starbucks workers in Washington will write "Come Together" on cups this week to encourage U.S. politicians to reach a compromise to reduce the national debt.
The message, the first time the coffee-shop chain has ever asked employees to write something on customers' cups, will last through Friday, Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz said Wednesday on the company's website.
Schultz last year encouraged business leaders to withhold contributions to U.S. political campaigns until politicians reached a solution to the nation's growing debt. He also worked with Opportunity Finance Network to form "Create Jobs for USA," which collected donations online and at Starbucks locations to help fund loans that would encourage small businesses to create jobs.
President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have been unable to agree on a plan to avoid $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts that has become known as the fiscal cliff. Lawmakers and Obama are scheduled to return to Washington Thursday.