Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Chipotle closes over corporate greed in Pennsylvania

Note in window
The entire crew of a Chipotle near Penn State quit because they are overworked and underpaid. When Chipotle was reached for comments from Bloomberg's, they said,
“Our Penn State restaurant was closed when a few employees quit, locking out a majority of others who are enthusiastic to return to work,” Chris Arnold, a spokesman for Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc., said in an e-mail. “We expect the restaurant to reopen shortly.
Onward State, a college newspaper, has a different story, one that seems more reasonable:
According to former manager Brian Healy, the Chipotle was extremely understaffed with no help from its corporate offices. On days when they needed 13-14 workers in the store, they usually had about six to eight, often resulting in workers doing 10-12 hour shifts without any breaks to eat.

In the last two days, the Chipotle staff has incurred huge losses, Healy said. This morning, he arrived at the Chipotle to open up, when one of the workers quit on the spot. At that point, he decided to shut down the store, and he and another manager put that sign on the window. Healy surmises that people from the corporate offices are in town to try and re-open the store.

“We just felt neglected,” he said. “…Working conditions are heinous. I’m not trying to take down the Chipotle corporation, I just want to see people treated better. We’re not trying to start a strike or anything like that.”
To what extent this is related to the Fight for $15 and a Union is anyone's guess at this point. Brian Healey says he wasn't trying to start a strike or anything, but at the same time the paper in the window says, "People > Profits" which indicates that the employees felt there was corporate greed involved. If "former manager" Brian Healey owned his corporate disobedience, he could be a hero right now.

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