Chipotle Undocumented Workers
May 12, 2011 by USA Post
Chipotle Undocumented Workers, Chipotle Mexican Grill is in the hot seat as a federal probe investigating the hiring practices of the company. Restaurant legal costs are added as well. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Attorney’s Office began investigating the burrito chain in April. Just last week, agents interviewed employees in 15 states. Meanwhile, Chipotle fired nearly 500 undocumented workers. It is the highest-profile company in the U.S. to enter into this type of control. There are no restaurants in Arizona were affected. Season of the year and a half hours Miguel Bravo working on a Chipotle in Washington, DC, came to an abrupt end on 9 March. That day, he says, he and his colleagues learned that his boss had just left in the middle of an audit of the burrito chain by U.S. immigration officials. As stated Bravo, when workers went to the back of the restaurant to speak with a representative of Chipotle, were replaced with a new team in front.
Suddenly, out of work, Bravo began to stretch their dollars, seeking work, and talk about what he considered an unjust separation from Chipotle. What the 28-year-old immigrant did not do was to pack their bags and return to El Salvador. After all, would have made little economic sense to do so. A worker in El Salvador is lucky to earn a few dollars a day if you can find work at all. Papers or not, Bravo was staying in the United States.
Not surprisingly, the U.S. fast food industry still had a place for him. Within two months, Bravo found another job in Washington with a major restaurant chain that refused to name. “It’s easier, and less pressure,” says the new gig. Despite winning just one hour and 8 now – a dollar less than it had been collecting in Chipotle, he says – Bravo hopes to continue sending and 500 a month home to his wife and two children he has not seen come to America eight years ago.
Bravo decision says a lot about the challenges facing U.S. officials as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is going after companies with undocumented workers on their payrolls. The Obama administration has generally adopted an “enforcement only” policy on immigration, the strengthening of audit firms, while the decline so far to promote a specific plan for comprehensive immigration reform. (Long-awaited speech by the President this week on the subject was hard quickly as vague and lacking substance.) As Reuters reported, chipotle is perhaps the most visible company now in the sights of ICE; with a compelling look at his books the company shed thousands of workers in Minnesota, Virginia and Washington. According to the Wall Street Journal, Chipotle probe has expanded to Atlanta and Los Angeles too.
But advocates of comprehensive reform like to point out that few, if any; of the dismissed workers Chipotle despaired of the idea of?? Employment in the U.S. Workers simply move to other jobs, perhaps in other parts of the fast food industry, such as Bravo, or elsewhere, from books altogether to work for smaller employers and less visible Chipotle. No number of audits, these advocates say, can change the global economy.
“We’re not anywhere,” Sarahi Uribe, an organizer with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, said of the workers in DC. Uribe was walking out of the Chipotle on March 9 when she saw the crew out of Bravo. Since then he has advocated on their behalf.
Instead of leaving, several workers have grown quite vocal. They are demanding back pay for unused vacation, severance pay, and a public apology from Chipotle. However, in a statement to The Huffington Post, Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold disputed the version of the workers, saying that many of the former employees of Washington had provided fraudulent documents to work and that “most of them simply walked away from their posts work, others were let go, “when the company turned to the situation. He said he had paid Chipotle “all things to all that they should be.”
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