Chipotle gets high marks on ethics from many observers. But this piece points out that on one issue, the chain is simply another fast-food joint, and that’s its rate of pay. The company doesn’t pay what critics call a “living wage.” So who works at Chiplotle? One assumes it’s people without the kinds of skills that could be marketed to an employer that pays more: i.e., people without much education, and perhaps many without much educational aptitude. What would happen if Chipotle raised wages? For one thing, those jobs would suddenly become more attractive, and one possible consequence is that the current crop of workers would have to compete with a whole new class of candidates who up until now have had, and preferred, other options. (This is an effect that philosopher Jason Brennan refers to as “job gentrification.”) Whether the net effect would be good for current employees is an open question. >>>
LINK: If Chipotle Won’t Pay Fast Food Workers A Living Wage, Who Will? (by Jessica Leber for Fast Company)
…The chain’s devotion to sustainable, ethical, higher-quality ingredients consistently wins it amazing publicity and customer loyalty, even when things go wrong…
…But there’s an area where it falls short of its consistent leadership, and that’s in how its humans fare. Traditional fast food chains like McDonald’s and KFC get lots of flack for their low pay, but the truth is that the so-called “fast-casual” industry that Chipotle pioneered is often only slightly better. According to Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold, Chipotle’s average crew member makes more than $10 an hour, a figure that would equate to about $21,000 to $22,000 annually for someone who works 40 hours a week […] imagine trying to live off either salary in a city like Boston, New York, or Los Angeles….
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