By SARU JAYARAMAN --This is a special Labor Day for the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC). 2011 is an incredible year – not only the 10th anniversary of 9/11, and the origins of our founding, but also the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. We see so many parallels in the incredibly labor movement built in the aftermath of that tragedy, and the restaurant worker movement we are trying to build in the aftermath of 9/11.
This Friday, celebrate the momentum of our national policy campaign, One Fair Wage, over a delicious breakfast with ROC staff, Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of ROC United, Catherine Barnett, ROC-NY’s new Executive Director, and special guest, Eve Ensler, renowned feminist, Tony award winning playwright, and founder of One Billion Rising and V-Day!
Every year, on 2/13, February 13th, ROC takes action to highlight the rate of the federal tipped minimum wage — it has been frozen at $2.13 an hour for the past 24 years!
Today, it’s more clear than ever that rampant sexual harassment at restaurants isn’t random or “just part of the job” but a direct result of the unfair two-tiered wage system that forces a predominantly female workforce to live entirely off tips. The fact that countless millions of women will have their first job as a waitress, or work in the restaurant industry at some point in their lives, means this issue matters to all of us — and especially all women.
Where: COLORS at 417 Lafayette Street, New York, NY (Between E. 4th St. & Astor Place)
When: 8am – 10am, Friday, February 13th
Who: ROC staff, Saru Jayaraman, special guest Eve Ensler, and announcing ROC-NY’s new Executive Director, Catherine Barnett!
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