To set the backdrop, Starbucks baristas have now initiated union organizing activities in over 100 individual stores in the Starbucks network across 26 different states with the vast majority of those already having petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for union representation elections. The Mesa Arizona union initiative was set to be the next to have the votes tallied and results determined, but the NLRB paused the election and impounded the uncounted ballots until a formal review of the Regional Director’s decision as requested by Starbucks is completed. At the same time, the America COMPETES Act (HR.4521), which ostensibly was designed to help American business compete with China, now requires union card check and mandatory arbitration clauses thanks to a late managers amendment filed by Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) and Chairwoman of the US House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Furthermore, the COMPETES Act provides that entities receiving federal funding must agree to recognize any union based on card check (without a secret ballot election) and agree to let an arbitration panel set the terms of collective bargaining agreements unless both parties reach agreement within 120 days. Fortunately, there’s a strong possibility that the legislation is dead on arrival (DOA) in the Senate.