Starbucks has temporarily closed two of the five stores in the Buffalo market where baristas have been agitating to unionize the company workforce. As we told you in past issues, workers in (originally three) now five stores in the upstate New York city have petitioned the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to authorize and schedule a union representation election. In response, Starbucks suggested to the NLRB that all 20 of its stores in that market – and all 450 of the company employees in those workplaces – should be included and allowed to vote on the union representation question. Since that time, two of the five stores have temporarily closed – one for a long-scheduled remodel, and the other for purposes of serving as a training location for newly hired employees.