Boloco is a Boston-based burrito chain that — in addition to covering its website with intense, manifesto-like ravings — pays all of its workers better than minimum wage. That’s why Gov. Martin O’Malley, U.S. Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett chose Boloco’s Bethesda location for a press event to push for a national minimum wage hike.
The angle the politicians are working is that paying employees a living wage is good for business. Boloco CEO Patrick Renna, who was also on hand, said that starting employees at $9 an hour gives him a happier, more loyal workforce, which enhances the customer’s experience.
The three politicians took a trip behind the counter as employees showed them how to prepare burritos. But according to Bethesda Now, O’Malley opted out of the guacamole-making session to to nosh. Just saying.
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