Maine Congresswoman Pingree Calls for Investigation of Chipotle for Union Busting
On Tuesday, Chipotle announced its Augusta, Maine store would close after workers at the chain started the process to form a union
Augusta, Maine, July 21, 2022
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) today urged the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to investigate Chipotle for closing its store in Augusta, Maine within hours of workers filing to unionize.
“The timing of Chipotle’s store closure in my district is more than alarming, it raises serious concerns of illegal union-busting. My constituents at the Augusta store followed the rules and were well within their rights to organize the first unionized Chipotle in the country,” said Pingree. “The NLRB should immediately investigate why Chipotle— a Fortune 500 company— would turn around and shutter the first store to propose giving workers a voice. If this nationwide, multi-billion-dollar chain is found to have retaliated against workers in the process of unionizing, it must be held to account.”
In 2021, Pingree cosponsored and helped the House pass the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, the most comprehensive pro-labor legislation in decades.