Thursday, May 5, 2011

Fired Chipotle workers marching tonight

Remember a few weeks ago, when about 40 workers at the Chipotle on 14th Street were fired for not being legally allowed to work in the US?

They're still active, and at 5:30 pm tonight they'll be marching from Sacred Heart Church at 16th and Irving to the Chipotle. They're demanding an apology, claiming they were intimidated and were fired and quickly replaced during a break, and are also asking for the money they claim they would have received if they had time to correct their immigration documents. We'll see if they get any of their demands.

Additionally, some people have complained that the new employees of this and other area Chipotles aren't as good as the fired workers. Has anyone noticed a difference? And what do you think of the march?

9 comments:

DCentric Anna said...

I ordered a burrito there last week; I hadn't been there in two months. I said no to peppers and onions, they tried to add them anyway. Worse than that, the rice wasn't cooked. It tasted terrible. The difference in service was noticeable, too. They mixed up the two orders ahead of me, wouldn't admit it, etc.

shaun said...

The quality at the Woodley Park Chipotle has dropped significantly as well... its a shame because chipotle vs micky d's vs an expensive restaurant was always a no brainer - thank god for chinese takeout from Eddies

Tom Veil said...

I have also gotten stuck with uncooked rice at the CH location after the mass firing. The Union Station location is as good as ever, though.
As far as "what do you think of the march", honestly, my one question to the marchers is, well, DO you have the legal right to work in the USA? Because if you don't, then don't blame Chipotle. Go picket the USCIS office; go picket Congress. They have the power to change your legal work status; Chipotle doesn't.

Anonymous said...

The new workers at the CH Chipotle are sadly not very good ... someone told me in a blog to "give them a chance" ... 3 months is enough time to learn how to roll a burrito ... come on .... sorry, but this new crowd has really made this place go down hill fast!

Anonymous said...

i had the uncooked rice as well...horrible!

Anonymous said...

Have to say I think I went on the day where the majority of staff was replaced. I ordered online beforehand with no knowledge of the news. The line was out the door and the service was horrible. The next couple times I've been have been nearly equally as miserable. Previously, the cashier (a latina woman) always remembered my name and grabbed my online order quickly and was super friendly. I miss those folks!

gup said...

+1,000,000 to Tom Veil.

Absolutely absurd.

what's next? picket the State Troopers office b/c you got caught going 80mph on the highway?

Anonymous said...

@Gup - actually, they kind of already do - people protesting red light and speeding cameras, and the fact that they were caught and ticketed.

Tara Innes said...

When I went in to the CH chipotle, they had to try three times to wrap my burrito, and even then the thing practically exploded when I pulled the sea of tin foil off of it... I saw the march, it was a little sad. I was sitting on the patio at Lou's, and nobody else there knew what was going on. It was a small group, without any signs that were legible from across the street. You couldn't even tell what they were chanting.