Speaking a bit about unionizing and union issues, the battle between Starbucks and workers in some of its stores in Buffalo New York is heating up. As we told you last week, the NLRB rejected the company’s proposal that all 20 of its Buffalo stores be allowed to vote on unionizing and instead limited it to three. The election technically began with mail-in ballots on Wednesday and will close on December 8. Former Chairman and CEO Howard Schultz was brought directly into the fray this week and was meeting with many of the affected workers at a “listening event” in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo. Schultz was meeting with managers in the Buffalo market earlier in the fall and he is just the latest in a steady stream of Starbucks executive who’ve been meeting with employees in the Buffalo stores.