A Michigan Chipotle becomes the first to unionize

New York

Workers at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in Lansing, Michigan, voted to unionize on Thursday, becoming the first of the fast food chain’s 3,000 locations to unionize.

Lansing Chipotle workers voted to form a union with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. In a statement on Thursday, the union said workers were organizing “to improve their working hours, raise wages and earn the respect from management they rightfully deserve.”

The restaurant joins a wave of organizing efforts at workplaces across the country, including at other food establishments like Starbucks, which has more than 200 locations in the United States. union since his first victory in Buffalo, New York, last year.

“Chipotle made $7.5 billion in revenue last year, and just as we see workers of all ages and backgrounds across the country taking on these corporate giants, it is so inspiring to see Chipotle workers rising up and demanding more from a company that can clearly afford it,” said Scott Quenneville, President of Teamsters Local 243.

In a statement, Chipotle said it provides its employees with industry-leading benefits, such as competitive salaries, debt-free degrees, health benefits and bonuses that totaled $37 million last year for its employees. nearly 100,000 employees.

“We are disappointed that the employees of our restaurant in Lansing, Michigan have chosen to have a third party speak on their behalf, as we continue to believe that working directly together is better for our employees,” said Laurie Schalow, Manager general affairs of Chipotle. in a report.

Chipotle permanently closed a restaurant in Augusta, Maine, which demanded a union be formed in June, saying it was unable to “adequately staff” the location. Union organizers claimed the chain was trying to stifle workers.

Chipotle workers in Lansing filed his candidacy with the National Labor Relations Board on July 5. Chipotle did not object to the filing.

Comments are closed.