Chipotle protest: Eight arrested downtown

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Police escort one of the arrested demonstrators out of the Chipotle.
​A demonstration by fired Chiptole workers and their union allies ended with eight arrests at a downtown Chipotle restaurant this afternoon.

The action was only the latest in a series of protests by the workers, who were fired from Chipotle restaurants across Minnesota after an Immigration and Customs Enforcement audit turned up employees without proper work papers.


Since the firings in December, the workers have been joined by members of the Service Employees International Union Local 26, whose members were among those arrested today at the Nicollet Mall restaurant.

"Immigrant families and their allies will not stand by while corporations continue to exploit and benefit from a broken immigration system," said Greg Nammacher, Secretary-Treasurer of SEIU Local 26.

The workers are demanding that Chipotle give them more time to produce valid work documents, and that the company pay them any outstanding wages from their last days of work.

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No Justice, No Burritos: Arrests at the Chipotle in downtown Minneapolis
Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold told City Pages the workers' demands are misplaced.

"We are paying everyone everything they are owed, including wages, back-pay and vacation time. We are not aware of any case in which workers have not been paid what they are owed. When we met with the workers, we said 'If you are aware of any case in which someone still is owed, have them contact us.' Since then we have not heard from a single person."

As for the demand for more time, Arnold said the government leaves Chipotle no choice.

"We asked ICE that question specifically, if we could have 90 days to resolve cases on an individual basis, and we were told, absolutely not," he said. "We agree that the immigration laws in their current form are untenable -- they don't work well for anyone. But not complying with that request is not something that we can do under the law."

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Mark Thom
Mark Thom

Our immigration system is not broke,they just think we should hand citizenship over to them free and clear like everything else they get,well GET IT LEGALLY OR GET THE F#$K OUT!

rubio
rubio

They are really asking for more time to commit some more crimes. They need time to purchase stolen identities and present them as their own. Adios muchachos! Come to this country the right way and you won't have to deal with this.

shaniqua
shaniqua

*yawn* meanwhile the highest paid salaried downtown workers eat their burritos in amusement, clearly no one really cares

K-Dub
K-Dub

I spent 13 years in the restaurant business and had to be the one doing the firing for the same reason. I worked side by side with these hard workers, but at the end of the day, Chipotle's, or any other business has their hands tied by these archaic laws. Oh- and FYI Sparky- Bush was in office when I had to fire these employees.

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Marley7
Marley7

That minister looks like he smokes gage.....

TheMan
TheMan

Typical White Liberals protesting. Get jobs you bums! Get in there and roll a burrito!the Wobblies all over again! WWW= We Won't Work!

sparky
sparky

You do know that this national action, and many many more to come, are are being directed personally by Eric Holder. Does anyone really think than something like this, done at the behest of DoJ in Washington DC, doesn't have the full support and blessing of President Obama?

Seed
Seed

Great, now my burritos can be made by bored teenagers and twenty-something burnouts that would rather be playing video games than working for a living.

Peter
Peter

There's very little room for Chipotle to do anything other than what it did. They can't keep employing people who aren't authorized to work in the US and if there word is true, they've paid everything owed to the workers. Taking the situation at face value, it's the immigration laws that these people should have a beef with, not their (former) employer.

Joey
Joey

Heh, should check out the local Baja Sol's, then the remaining ones would finally close...

Big3
Big3

SUCK DIC AND BALLS AND LICK A RIM, JIM!

jim
jim

deport them all

Winky
Winky

Gots to make room fo da bruthas................once they get done protesting at MLK Park over some dogs they'll run down there and roll some burritos! for sure!

Noey
Noey

Isn't that the case at most restaurants?

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