A Starbucks store in the company hometown of Seattle became the seventh and latest store to formally vote for union representation, joining 5 other stores in the Buffalo New York market and one outlet in Mesa Arizona. The vote at the Seattle location was unanimous with 9 voting in the affirmative and one vote challenged and hence, not counted. In all, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has now received petitions from employees at some 150 Starbucks locations seeking a union representation vote to be sanctioned and ultimately certified by the NLRB. In all cases, the union has been the Starbucks Workers United, which has been organized under the auspices of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). The union votes come as founder and former CEO Howard Schultz readies to take the company helm again after former CEO Kevin Johnson announces two weeks ago at the Annual Stockholder meeting that he would be retiring on April 1. At the same annual meeting, the company also set a target of 55,000 global units operating and becoming more environmentally-friendly with a goal of reducing its water and waste carbon footprint by 50% within the next seven years – both goals targeted for the year 2030