There’s an old adage that cautions “Watch out what you wish for, you might just get it!” It seems that might be the case with baristas at a Starbucks store in Nichols Hills, OK. Those employees petitioned for a union representation election five months ago and after some challenges back and forth, the NLRB finally certified the Starbucks Workers Union as the exclusive bargaining agent for the Nichols Hill location. Last week, buyer’s remorse must have surfaced in a big way and those same workers petitioned the NLRB to decertify the union. There’s a problem with that request however that the workers won’t be happy with. In its Basic Guide to the National Labor Relations Act, the NLRB follows what it call “Bars to Election” Rules which provide that when employees vote to unionize, the union has a one-year grace period to attempt to negotiate a contract. During that one-year period, “. . . a petition filed before the end of the certification year will be dismissed.” They asked for it, they got it!