Following up on the Howard Schultz announcement a week or two ago that Starbucks would immediately be closing 16 stores – some of which have already become unionized – for safety reasons, a leaked video of interim CEO Howard Schultz on Twitter confirms that the company will be “closing many more”. And further in the safety realm, employees at one unionized Starbucks in Boston have now gone on an indefinite strike – now into its fifth day – over alleged staffing issues along with worker demands that the current store manager be replaced. The strikers are being supported financially through a $1 million strike fund created in June by the Starbucks Workers United with additional funding from the American Federation of Teachers ($50,000). The store has been forced to close during the work stoppage while the Teamsters have initiated a sympathy strike against the Commonwealth Avenue store and will not make any deliveries there. And in Augusta Maine, the first Chipotle store to officially file with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for a union representation election has been closed by the company. Chipotle explained in an email to staff that a lack of management personnel and an inability to have sufficient staff at the location required the permanent closing of the store. In response, the union has filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the company.