Economy & Business, Politics

Chipotle Flails to Crush Growing Unionization Effort

A union pushing to organize workers at Chipotle Mexican Grill has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board after the burrito chain said it would permanently close a location that was seeking to unionize.

In late June, an Augusta, Maine, Chipotle restaurant became the chain’s first outlet to file for a union election, seeking to organize under Chipotle United, which is not affiliated with any larger unions. The petition came after employees walked out of the restaurant earlier in the month in protest of working conditions and understaffing.

Chipotle said the location has been closed to the public since June 17. Spokesperson Laurie Schalow denied that the permanent closure of the restaurant was due to the union petition. Read more…

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