Protesters have been picketing some of Minnesota’s 50 Chipotle restaurants after the McDonald’s-owned company fired hundreds of workers—mainly Latino—because they lacked proper documentation.
Protesters claim the company fired 700 workers in December without giving them a reasonable chance to produce their documentation. Company officials put the number at 350.
The firings followed an audit by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, which have now expanded to other Chipotle restaurants nationwide.
Eight protesters were arrested during a demonstration outside a Minneapolis Chipotle restaurant that was organized by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
Greg Nammacher, secretary-treasurer of SEIU Local 26 in St. Paul, said the demonstration was meant “to send a message to corporations that they can’t sell Mexican culture and Mexican food and sell out Mexican workers.” The SEIU does not represent any Chipotle workers.