More than 300 Starbucks stores nationwide have petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold a representation election. Peter Bergen: Unionization boosts pay, improves benefits and gives workers more control over schedules. Bergen says 68 percent of Americans approve of unions, the highest rate since 1965; among young adults, it’s 77 percent. He says Starbucks’ anti-union activities are especially creepy given its paternalistic tone; CEO Howard Schultz said: “I’m not an anti-Union person. I am pro-Starbucks, pro-partner.. It can be a gamble.” Bergen writes: Unions are a business, just like Starbucks. But they make their money by collecting member dues instead of making great coffee.
Ruben Navarrette: Corporations fighting unions may seem normal to us, but that doesn't make it right. He says collective bargaining, like democracy, should be something everyone favors. He asks: Welcoming a union should be a sign that a company truly respects its workers' wishes. Navarro: Microsoft might be taking a similar tack: It announced a labor neutrality agreement with Communications Workers