Chipotle permanently shutters stores that filed to unionize

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Chipotle permanently shutters stores that filed to unionize: A location in Augusta, Maine that submitted a unionization request last month was permanently closed by Chipotle.

In a statement on Tuesday, Laurie Schalow, chief corporate affairs officer at Chipotle (CMG), said, “We have been unable to adequately staff this remote restaurant with the crew and continue to be plagued by excessive call-outs and lack of availability from existing staff.” She added that it has been even harder to find managers to run the restaurant.

We’ve decided to permanently close the restaurant because there is no chance of it opening again in the near future due to these persistent personnel issues, she said.

Chipotle permanently shutters stores that filed to unionize

Schalow remarked that the restaurant had been closed to customers since June 17 and was only open for staff training. Severance money will be provided to employees at the location, she said.

Union activists were alarmed by the shutdown and said the business was trying to repress workers.

According to Jeffrey Young, the lawyer for Chipotle United, the independent union attempting to organize the Augusta location, a hearing on whether to move forward with the representation vote was scheduled for Tuesday. However, workers discovered on Tuesday morning that the store will be closing permanently. According to Young, the hearing has been put off indefinitely.

Young called the closure “union bashing 101” and added that it was done to deter other Chipotle locations from attempting to organize their employees.

Workers at a Chipotle in Lansing, Michigan have also applied for a vote, and similar initiatives are also being carried out in Flushing, Queens, as well as other “nascent” initiatives, according to Young. “We’ll close your store if you try to organise,” he warned, adding that the closure “sends a message.”

We’re not done trying to unionize, according to Brandi McNease, who worked at the Augusta branch and has been leading the unionization drive. We really want to let Chipotle know that this won’t stand, she continued. The crew and customers may have been put in danger in June, according to a statement signed by ten Augusta employees, the Kennebec Journal reported at the time.

The Augusta shop shutdown, according to Schalow of Chipotle, had “nothing to do with union activities,” and the business examined the location like it would any other with personnel issues. Chipotle respects the right of its employees to organize, she said.

The conflict occurs at a time when more Starbucks employees are joining unions. Activists, there have additionally charged the business with attempting to intimidate workers by closing down stores.

The Augusta shop shutdown, according to Schalow of Chipotle, had “nothing to do with union activities,” and the business examined the location like it would any other with personnel issues. Chipotle respects the right of its employees to organize, she said.

The conflict occurs at a time when more Starbucks employees are joining unions. Activists, there have additionally charged the business with attempting to intimidate workers by closing down stores.

The Starbucks representative stated in June, “Our goal is to guarantee that every partner is supported in their unique position and we have immediate opportunities accessible in the market. Starbucks has previously shut down a number of locations due to safety issues, and it probably will do so again. The sincerity of these actions has been questioned by labor activists.

Tuesday, Augusta Chipotle employees reported unfair labor practices to the NLRB.