STATEMENT
For Immediate Release – April 1, 2016

Contact: Tim Rusch, ruschtk@gmail.com 917-399-0236
Dallas Donnell dallas@rocunited.org 215-870-7076

Response to NY Min Wage Deal: ROC United Urges One Fair Wage That Includes Tipped Workers
The following is a statement from ROC United co-founder Saru Jayaraman:

New York, NY — ROC United congratulates the many workers in the state of New York who will see their wages increase in light of today’s decision by legislators. A decision that ensures more workers enjoy the dignity and security that comes with a living wage is certainly a welcome one. While we are proud that our collective efforts resulted in a partial increase for the states 300,000 tipped workers — largely women and people of color — New York should follow California’s lead by ensuring one fair wage of $15 per hour for all workers in New York State. Tipped workers disproportionately face poverty, financial insecurity, discrimination, and sexual harassment. They too deserve a wage that is equal to that of their non-tipped counterparts.

ROC United will continue to partner with workers and their allies to demand One Fair Wage for all workers, in New York and nationwide.

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About Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Co-founded by leading workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman (“One of the top 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry” – Nation’s Restaurant News), ROC United has nearly 18,000 worker-members in more than 30 cities in the U.S., winning 15 worker-led campaigns, recovering $8 million in stolen tips and wages.

www.rocunited.org

www.onefairwage.com