Starbucks is facing another unionizing effort amongst its barista “partners” again, this time in Buffalo, New York. You’ll recall that we reported just a few weeks ago that two employees fired from a Philadelphia Starbucks for unionizing activities (protected under the National Labor Relations Act) had prevailed in a legal challenge before an NLRB Administrative Judge, a decision the company was quick to appeal. Well, current employees from three Buffalo area Starbucks stores recently announced the creation of a union organizing campaign under the name Starbucks Workers United (SBWU) and have filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board seeking a union representation vote. It’s too early to predict how a union representation vote may turn out in the greater Buffalo area – at least 30 percent of eligible workers within a workplace must sign union cards in order to qualify for a vote. There’s still a long way to go before this particular union organizing question is settled, but the larger, long-term issue is clearly the continuing trend for more unionizing efforts to take hold within the QSR industry. Thus far, the only organizing successes have been sporadic and succeeded in pockets (San Francisco, Berkley, Chicago, Portland OR) around the country, but the trend continues to be a source for concern.