Regrettably, it seems the broad subject of unionization and what organized labor is doing is becoming a regular feature in Small Regular No Sugar! of late. This week, two more Starbucks stores in the Boston area (now totaling 4 in Boston market) as well as a store in Tallahassee Florida filed for union representation elections with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). In addition, a downtown Cleveland store has requested union recognition, claiming a majority of employees have signed cards for Workers United, while employees at two stores in Seattle are trying to organize a union effort. You’ll recall that last year we advised of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) pushing for adoption of the Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act (FAST Act), which would establish a state-appointed council to establish minimum standards for wages, working hours and work conditions for QSRs. That legislation which died last summer, was filed by then-state Representative Lorena Gonzalez, as was the aforementioned AB5 which we challenged in court along with the IFA. The legislation is still alive in the current legislative session but, Gonzalez has since resigned her seat to take the leadership position of the California Labor Federation, so we can expect more aggressive union activity on the West Coast.