By Saru Jayaraman We’ve heard a lot in the last few days about the allegations of sexual harassment against Herman Cain, current Republic presidential candidate, during his tenure as President of the National Restaurant Association (NRA). A powerful lobbying group…
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Watch the real stories of five of the 44 million people who have been forced to go into work when they are sick because they couldn’t afford to or weren’t allowed to take time off. ROC-Philly member Jasmine, a server, is featured.
A listing of media coverage commemorating ten years of building a restaurant worker movement as a legacy for our fallen brothers and sisters of Windows on the World.
*** PRESS RELEASE *** WINDOWS ON THE WORLD SURVIVORS HONOR LOST COWORKERS AT ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT Former workers from Windows on the World restaurant, which was located on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center, commemorate ten-year anniversary by paying tribute to the significance of 107 new stories.
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.
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..."
COLORS-DETROIT: JOIN THE JUST. GOOD. FOOD. REVOLUTION! By PHIL JONES & MINSU LONGIARU ROC-MICHIGAN As a “food desert,” Detroit is a place where fresh healthy food is hard to find among all the convenience stores with chips, pop and processed food or fast food outlets offering burgers and fries. Hunger is a daily fact in our city.
WINDOWS OF THE WORLD WORKERS STAY UNITED By DANIA RAJENDRA for the BROOKLYN RAIL On Sunday, June 26, dozens of restaurant workers in tall paper toques and flimsy plastic aprons charged into the Taste of Chicago.
By SARU JAYARAMAN, ROC CO-FOUNDER for RACE, POVERTY, & ENVIRONMENT: A JOURNAL FOR SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE Saru writes about ROC's history and occupational segregation in the US restaurant industry.