Chipotle restaurant in Maine petitions for union election

A customer carries a chipotle bag in front of a restaurant on Tuesday, October 19, 2021 in Santa Clara, California, US.

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a Chipotle Mexican Grill The location in Augusta, Maine filed a petition for a union election on Wednesday, becoming the first restaurant from the burrito chain to join the recent event push sweeping nationwide.

Maine AFL-CIO Said that restaurant workers are “seeking safe, adequate staffing at their stores.” Employees are seeking to unionize as an independent union, Chipotle United, according to the organization.

Employees of airlines, retailers and tech companies have been organizing, driven by a desire for better working conditions during the pandemic and the new power gained in a tight labor market. Even the restaurant industry, where unions are rare, is not untouched by the union push. 150. barista over starbucks The cafe has voted to unionize over the past nine months.

Chipotle employees first tried to unionize, but the chain successfully repulsed those attempts. In 2019, National Labor Relations Board Company accused of violating federal labor law By allegedly firing a worker in New York who was trying to organize a union.

A representative for Chipotle did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNBC.