The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced this week that three more Starbucks stores in the Buffalo New York market have voted to affiliate with the Starbucks Workers United, a local affiliate of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). Two of the stores supported the union representation vote by tallies of 15 – 12, while the third was even closer at 8 – 7. Announcement of the final results was delayed while the NLRB deliberated a request for review of the Regional Director’s decision requested by Starbucks. That review was denied by the NLRB last Friday and then earlier this week, the NLRB certified the election results official and declared the three stores unionized. Although workers at more than 100 Starbucks stores in 26 states around the country have announced plans to unionize, formal votes have been certified in only 7 stores at this point, 6 in Buffalo and 1 in Mesa Arizona. And speaking of union issues, the Institute for the American Worker released a report detailing major actions that the NLRB and unions are using to organize workplaces regardless of employee wishes. Entitled A Wild Time for Union Organizing, the report, which you can download here, details three key changes in the current administration: restrictions on employer communications about employee rights; increasing mail-in voting instead of secure in-person union votes; and defaulting to open card checks instead of a secret ballot to vote on union representation.