I’ve never eaten at a Chipotle. Not even once. But now that’s going to change. While conservative businesses cut hours to skip out on paying for health insurance and want to deny services to same-sex couples, progressive food chain Chipotle is taking the steps to treat their employees like they do their CEOs: paid sick leave, paid vacation, and tuition reimbursements.
Stating July 1, not only will salaried full-time employees have such benefits already, part-time employees will be treated with the respect and the dignity they deserve. Chipotle is hoping that the benefits will recruit high school and college aged students, who they deem their “target” demographic. So not only are they giving their employees amazing benefits, they are also looking to hire the demographic that has one of the highest rates of unemployment.
Chipotle has over 53,000 employees, 48,500 of which are salaried. Thousands of young working Americans will benefit from these policies when the market is working against them. Republicans will say this will only make the cost of their food go up, which will “hurt” the consumer. The truth is, which most Americans would probably agree with, I am more than willing to (and happy to) pay a little bit extra if it means the person making my food isn’t being forced to work while sick with something contagious. I am more than willing to pay a little extra if it means an employee, especially a young employee without many options, is treated with respect and dignity.
That’s what separates conservatives and progressives in the business world. We see employees as an asset that should be regarded in the highest, while conservatives see them as a leeching liability.
Chipotle now joins a list of businesses that treat their employees well, like Trader Joe’s, Costco, Starbucks, and Ben & Jerry’s, just to name a few. Not to mention, Chipotle doesn’t use GMOs in their food.
Bravo Chipotle, I’ll be eating there for the first time soon.
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