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.
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.
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.