Workers at five more city Chipotle Mexican Grill outlets accused the fast food chain Tuesday of violating city law by messing with their schedules.
“Keep your tacos, keep your bowls, pay your workers what they’re owed!” chanted the crowd of about 30 workers before employees at the Sixth Ave. store in Greenwich Village walked off the job in a staged strike.
Workers at another four Chipotle outlets in the city planned to join the Manhattan group in charging their employer had violated city law in making their weekly work schedules.
“Right now, we’re fighting for our rights as Chipotle workers,” said part-time employee Carlos Hernandez, 20. “I honestly don’t believe the management shows the employees respect. They just don’t want to give us the hours. They don’t want to give us more money.”
Hernandez added that he was threatened by a store manager with a loss of benefits if he joined efforts to unionize the workers. More than 20 Chipotle restaurants citywide are now facing complaints, according to the Service Employees International Union 32BJ.