2011 ROC-UNITED CONVENING in COLORSLINES BY RINKU SEN at COLORLINES "I was with the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, of which I am on the board, for their annual membership convening in Chicago. ROC-United is a deeply multiracial organization, reflecting the full range of people working in the industry. The organization focuses on high-end restaurants, where most front-of-the-house workers are white, and most back-of-the-house workers are immigrants. In addition to those folks, it also organizes black workers who are shut out of high-end restaurants altogether and largely relegated to fast food. ROC-United members helped me identify markers of equity and inclusion within organizations, which is key to generating equity and inclusion out in the world. So here are three signs you’re on the right track..."
Did you know that the vast majority of people earning $2.13 and living off tips are women?
The fight to raise and/or abolish the tipped minimum wage is an issue of gender justice. Seventy-percent of servers are women, but they’re confined to the lowest paying segments of the industry. In fact, over the course of a career, female servers earn just 68% of what a male server gets paid… amounting to a difference of over $320,000. (Find our report, Tipped Over the Edge, here.)
Standing up for equal pay and fighting the gender wage gap means abolishing the subminimum wage.