We are dedicated to improving the working conditions in the restaurant industry. We actively outreach to workers in the NYC area to build, develop, and lead the worker center.
ROC-NY is an affiliate of ROC United. We use a tri-pronged model of change to build power and voice for restaurant workers. We do this in the following ways:
Workplace justice campaigns: We support restaurant workers who face workplace injustices by demonstrating public consequences for employers who violate workers’ legal rights;
Promoting the “high-road”: We collaborate with responsible employers to model how taking the “high road” can actually be profitable and work together to transform the industry; for example, we partner on workforce development program that moves low-wage workers into living wage jobs;
Research and policy work: We engage in worker-led participatory and research work to lift standards industry-wide. What workers tell us through our research work determines our policy priorities.
Catherine Barnett, Executive Director
Prabhu Sigamani, Research and Policy Coordinator
Leslie Escobosa, CHOW Coordinator
Melissa Fleck, Upstate New York Organizer
Sonte Ricks, Campaign Manager