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..."
St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to let loose and be merry with friends and family. Many of you will hit the parades and restaurants until the wee hours of the morning. We here at ROC hope you have a fun and safe time.
Tipped workers have a very different St. Patty’s Day ahead of them. Largely women and people of color, tipped workers earn the tipped minimum wage—as little as $2.13 at the federal level. Forced to rely on tips — and thus, the kindness of strangers to make ends meet — they face disproportionate rates of poverty, sexual harassment, and discrimination.
While you are out having fun, show some St. Patrick’s Day love to your server by leaving them a nice, big tip. Click here to spread the word to your networks.
One of the best ways to #LOVEYOURSERVER is to donate to the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United today. Your donation goes a long way to train workers and place them in higher paying positions. Donate now at www.rocunited.org/donate.