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Chipotle permanently closes Maine store, halting union efforts
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Chipotle is permanently shuttering a store in Maine before labor organizers have the chance to try and unionize.
The fast-casual chain told FOX Business Wednesday that its restaurant in Augusta, which has been closed to the public since June 17 "due to staffing challenges," will close for good.
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The closure comes after a majority of the store's 20 employees filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board in June asking to hold a union election. It was the first time any of the Mexican food chain’s sites had asked to organize, according to NLRB filings.
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The NLRB confirmed to FOX Business Wednesday that a hearing was scheduled for Tuesday to discuss election details and Chipotle's objections to the referendum. However, the meeting was officially postponed indefinitely after the company announced it would close the store.