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..."
A wide-ranging piece in the New York Times examines the highs and lows of New York City’s restaurant industry, taking a particularly close look at its continued use of a tipped minimum wage. We already know the hardships the subminimum wage system inflicts on the city’s tipped workers; they face disproportionate rates of poverty, sexual harassment, and discrimination as a result of being forced to rely on tips to survive.
In New York and states across the country, the fight for One Fair Wage is heating up like never before. Seven states —including California and the entire West Coast — have eliminated the tipped minimum wage, and they are watching their restaurant industries soar; jobs are not going away, and neither are tips. We can do this! But we can’t do it without you.