Starbucks announced last week that it had sent letters to 234 unionized stores offering a three-week window for members of the union bargaining teams to come to the negotiating table. To date, only three of the 234 Starbucks stores that have unionized have begun contract negotiations. None are reported to be close to agreeing to a contract. Notwithstanding, the company reached a settlement on an outstanding unfair labor complaint stemming from the company’s New York Roastery requiring the removal of disciplinary actions from certain employee records and the posting in the employee break room for a 60-day period of the settlement agreement. It is also noteworthy that the number of stores petitioning the National Labor Relations Board to hold union elections has fallen precipitously over the past few months.