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Below please find a variety of materials outlining the major pillars of our work at ROC United, as well as some background on ROC’s Co-Founder and Co-Director, Saru Jayaraman.

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2016

2016

ROC United’s Statement on White House Budget Cuts

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ROC Leaders Convene; Protest Acosta Nomination

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Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Urges Supreme Court to Reject National Restaurant Association’s Tip-Pooling Challenge

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Restaurant Owner Michael Landgarten’s Op-Ed on Saying No to Andrew Puzder

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NEW REPORT: Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder’s employees report high rates of wage and hour violations, age discrimination, and sexual harassment

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‘SANCTUARY RESTAURANTS’ MOVEMENT LAUNCHES TO PROMOTE HATE AND DISCRIMINATION FREE WORKPLACES

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COLORS Restaurant–New York Moves to 178 Stanton Street, Expands Programs to Support Training, Workers Impacted by Discrimination

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A New Year’s Message from Saru Jayaraman

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ROC United Responds to Maine’s Department of Labor’s Blockage of One Fair Wage

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ROC United Applauds Maine and Flagstaff, AZ for Eliminating Tipped Minimum Wage

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NEW REPORT: Tipped restaurant workers in Boston more likely to experience sexual harassment, wage theft

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AWARD WINNING ACTOR/ACTIVIST THANDIE NEWTON AND ACTOR/ROC MEMBER CHANTAL GEORGES ARE FEATURED IN “THE TIME IS NOW…FOR #1FAIRWAGE”

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Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United responds to reports that Donald Trump fired women employees who weren’t “pretty enough”

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ROC United and Family Values @ Work Commend Union Square Hospitality Group for Innovative Paid Parental Leave Policy

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NEW REPORT: Evening Shifts Force Low-Wage Restaurant Workers To Struggle For Nightcare For Their Children

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Tipped Workers from Across Pennsylvania Occupy the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association Office, Demand Abolishment of Tipped Minimum Wage

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Democratic Platform Draft Calls for $15 Minimum for All, Elimination of Tipped Wage

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NEW REPORT: Race-pay gap in Bay Area restaurants largest in the country

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Restaurant Opportunities Center of DC Re-files Ballot Measure Calling for Elimination of Lower Tipped Minimum Wage in Washington D.C.

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NEW REPORT REVEALS CHALLENGES FACING EMPLOYERS UNDER TIPPED MINIMUM WAGE SYSTEM

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Washington D.C. City Council Votes Against One Fair Wage, Approves Compromised Wage Deal on the Backs of Tipped Workers

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Washington D.C. City Council Votes Against One Fair Wage, Approves Compromised Wage Deal on the Backs of Tipped Workers

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DC for $15 and Supporters Fight to Include Tipped Workers in Mayor’s Minimum Wage Proposal

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Report: D.C.’s Tipped Workers In Poverty at Nearly Twice the Rate of All D.C. Workers, Experience High Rates of Sexual Harassment

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NEW REPORT REVEALS PAYROLL CARDS’ HIGH COSTS TO LOW WAGE WORKERS

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton Visits Worker-Owned Restaurant in New York City, Endorses Campaign to Eliminate Tipped Subminimum Wage

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DC Mayor Bowser Short-Changes Tipped Workers

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DC Mayor Bowser Short-Changes Tipped Workers

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Response to NY Min Wage Deal: ROC United Urges One Fair Wage That Includes Tipped Workers

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On 25th Anniversary of Last Tipped Minimum Wage Increase, Prominent National Advocacy and Research Groups Call for Nation to Adopt One Fair Wage for All Workers

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On 25th Anniversary of Last Tipped Minimum Wage Increase, Prominent National Advocacy and Research Groups Call for Nation to Adopt One Fair Wage for All Workers

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California Legislators Adopt $15 Minimum Wage for All Workers; New York Urged to Follow Suit and Include Tipped Workers

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Largest U.S. Restaurant Company Targeted Over Treatment of Workers, Animals, Environment

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Restaurant Opportunities Center of Pennsylvania and Allies Take One Fair Wage Campaign Statewide

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Democratic Presidential front runner Hillary Clinton demands elimination of the tipped minimum wage

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250+ Restaurant Workers and Advocates Demand DC Chamber End Opposition to One Fair $15 Wage

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ROC United Honors Restaurant Industry Leaders Who Support One Fair Wage for All Workers

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Statement from ROC United regarding closing of Fitzgibbon Media

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Major chain restaurant to raise starting wage for servers to $14/hour

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NEW REPORT: Low wages, few benefits, and poor working conditions rampant across Houston restaurant industry

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USA Today commended for editorial calling for increase in tipped wages

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NEW REPORT: Few benefits, low wages, and poor workplace conditions still abound across Seattle’s restaurants

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Groups seek to end Jim-Crow-like segregation in the restaurant industry: innovative new ‘Restore Oakland Center’ will provide a solution

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Saru Jayaraman, co-director and co-founder of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC), comments on New York Times editorial calling for elimination of the tipped minimum wage

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ROC United Responds to Union Square Hospitality Group’s New “Hospitality Included” Policy

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VIDEO RELEASE — What happens when an author goes undercover at a popular “family-friendly” restaurant?

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THURSDAY — Darden Employees To Take Action Demanding Fair Wages and Better Working Conditions at Darden Restaurants Inc. Annual Shareholders’ Meeting

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Hillary Clinton Says Tipped Minimum Wage A Disgrace — Calls For Raising Minimum Wage with ‘No Exceptions’

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Saru Jayaraman: Cuomo — End Legislated Pay Inequity Against Women, Do Not Leave Women Dominated Tipped Workforce Behind in $15 Minimum Wage Push for New York State

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ROC Applauds NLRB’s Expanded Joint-Employer Definition — New Definition Could Help Mitigate Unfair Hiring and Promotion Policies Throughout Restaurant Industry

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THIS WEDNESDAY: Pennsylvania Darden Restaurant Workers Demand Olive Garden Management Stop Harassing Unjustly Fired Olive Garden Employee

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Rhode Island Governor Raimondo Signs Into Law First Raise For State’s Tipped Workers in 20 Years

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ROC United Statement on New York Wage Board Recommendation of $15 Minimum Wage for Fast-food Workers

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Saru Jayaraman: New Federal $15 Minimum Wage Bill Victory for Restaurant Workers and ‘One Fair Wage’ Campaign

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ROC United Statement on President Obama’s Proposed Increase to Overtime Threshold

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ROC United Responds to Tragic Shootings in Charleston, South Carolina

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At Clinton Global Initiative America, ROC United Announces Commitment to Action to Promote “High Road” in Restaurant Industry

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Leading Restaurant Workers’ Rights Advocate, Academic and Author Saru Jayaraman To Receive James Beard Foundation Leadership Award

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TODAY AT 2PM — 100+ Living Wage Activists March on R.I. Statehouse in Support of Fair Wages for Tipped Workers

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Michigan Legislators Introduce Bill to Eliminate Separate, Lower Wage for Tipped Workers

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Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Responds to Minimum Wage Increase in Los Angeles

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ROC United Supports Gov. Cuomo’s Move to Increase Wages for New York’s Fast-Food Workers

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PA State Sen. Leach Introduces ‘One Fair Wage’ Bill To Raise Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour, Raise $2.83 Tipped Minimum Wage to Match Regular Minimum Wage

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ROC United Announces Support for Historic Bill to Increase Federal Minimum Wage to $12/Hour and Phase Out Subminimum Wage for Majority Women Tipped Workforce

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WEDNESDAY — #StopTheOtherNRA Activists Gather in D.C. to Disrupt Corporate Restaurant Lobby’s Annual Lobbying Day

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TOMORROW, 4/15: Restaurant Employers Gather in D.C. to Call on Federal Government to Reward Living Wage Employers with Federal Contracts, Support Federal Minimum Wage Increase

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FOOTAGE AVAILABLE — Restaurant Workers and Living Wage Advocates Stand Up for Respect and Dignity, Disrupt National Restaurant Association’s Public Affairs Conference

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NEW REPORT: Taxpayers Pay $9.4 Billion A Year to Subsidize Full-Service Restaurant Industry’s Low Wages

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TODAY — Rhode Island Senate Labor Committee Holds Public Hearing on Possible Min Wage Increase From $2.89 to $9.00

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Rhode Island’s Leading Women’s Rights Advocates Urge Electeds to Support Raise for Majority Women Tipped Workforce

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Leading Restaurants Workers’ Rights Advocate: A Dollar Doesn’t Cut it, We Need to Legislate a Living Wage

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Slavery and Human Rights Abuses Connected to Top Darden Seafood Supplier, Thai Union Frozen Products

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Sen. Patty Murray and Democrats Likely to Propose $12 an Hour Federal Minimum Wage with Tip Credit Elimination

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Rhode Island Tipped Workers Call on Electeds to Pass ‘One Fair Wage’ Bill: “No one can survive off $2.89”

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Rhode Island Labor House Committee Holds Public Hearing on Possible Min Wage Increase From $2.89 to $9.00

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Statement from Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United on the controversy surrounding Starbucks’ “Race Together” initiative

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No One Can Survive on $2.89 an Hour — All Rhode Islanders, Including 19,000 Tipped Workers, Deserve ‘One Fair Wage’

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March Brings Major Developments on ‘One Fair Wage’ Legislation as States Move on Increasing or Eliminating Sub-Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

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Governor Cuomo Announces Major Increase to New York State’s Tipped Minimum Wage

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BROADCAST FOOTAGE AVAILABLE — Direct Action and Rally Planned at Times Square Olive Garden to Demand Parent Company, Darden Restaurants Inc, Pay Living Wages to Tipped Workers

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TOMORROW, 2/13 — Direct Action and Rally Planned at Times Square Olive Garden to Demand Parent Company, Darden Restaurants Inc, Pay Living Wages to Tipped Workers

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Statement from ROC-NY and ROC United Regarding Latest Organizational Structure

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148 “High Road” Restaurants Highlighted in 4th Edition of ROC United’s Diners Guide App Released Today

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Employee Files for Pregnancy Discrimination Against Olive Garden’s Parent Company, Darden Restaurants, Inc

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Friday’s Wage Board Announcement Makes Significant Progress towards Creating One Fair Wage, Though a Troubling Provision May Hinder Progress for Employees and Employers across the State

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Saru Jayaraman Responds to Civil Rights Lawsuit Against McDonald’s – Recent Poll Shows 90% of Female Tipped Workers Experience Sexual Harassment

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Leading Restaurant Worker Advocate: Elected Officials Everywhere Take Note — The Majority of Americans Support One Fair Wage

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Leading Restaurant Worker Advocate: Widespread Voter Support for One Fair Wage Amounts to Public Mandate for Eliminating Sub-minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

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75% of New York Voters Across Partisan Groups Support Eliminating Tipped Minimum Wage in Favor of One Fair Wage, Poll Reveals

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Leading Restaurant Worker Advocate on Fast-Food Strikes: Workers Rights are Civil Rights

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Statement on the Missouri grand jury’s decision not to issue an indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown

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Restaurant Employers and Leading Restaurant Workers’ Rights Advocate Hopeful President Obama’s Immigration Plan Will Make Industry Better Workplace for Millions

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Statement from Saru Jayaraman: Re-elected Cuomo Must Prioritize Fair Pay Agenda

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Statement from Saru Jayaraman: Midterm Elections ‘A Resounding Victory for Higher Minimum Wage – Voters Rebuff Partisan Politics for Living Wage’

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“Dignity at Darden” Campaign Leaders Respond to Hedge Fund Starboard Value’s Meeting Proposal, Await Details

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New Report: Widespread Race And Gender Discrimination In Restaurant Industry’s Living Wage Jobs

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New Report: Widespread Race And Gender Discrimination In Restaurant Industry’s Living Wage Jobs

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Female Restaurant Workers Protest Industry’s Rampant Sexual Harassment and Demand One Fair Wage at ‘Not On The Menu’ Rally

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Tuesday: “Not On The Menu” Rally Against Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry

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New Report: 90% of Female Restaurant Workers Experience Sexual Harassment

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TOMORROW: Day Before Darden’s Annual Shareholder’s Meeting, “Dignity At Darden” Rally for Livable Wages at Starboard Value HQ

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New Report: $15 An Hour Living Wage for Darden Employees Would Cost Company A Dime for Every $5 in Sales

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TOMORROW: Press Call — New Report on Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry

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With Thousands of Their Jobs on the Line, Olive Garden and Darden Workers Prepare to Take Direct Action in New York City Before Darden’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting in October

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California’s Recent Paid Sick Day Victory Means Millions of Restaurant Workers Will Be Protected, Saru Jayaraman Calls Attention to Bill’s Exclusion of Home Care Workers

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As Fast Food Workers Prepare to Strike, Restaurant Worker Advocate Calls Out Corporate Lobbyist for Perpetuating Poverty

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Leading Restaurant Worker Advocate Calls Burger King Out for “Corporate Desertion”

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New Report from Economic Policy Institute: Over 43% of all Restaurant Workers Live Below Twice the Poverty Line, Poor Labor Standards Pervade Industry

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Restaurant Worker Advocate, Author, and Academic, Saru Jayaraman, to be Honored as a White House ‘Champion of Change’

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Case of Subway Employee Working While Sick Typical of Restaurant Workers Across the U.S.

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Women’s Rights Leaders Call for End of Tipped Minimum Wage at ROC Restaurant Launch Party

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Living Wage Denied to Tipped Workers by Chicago Minimum Wage Task Force Recommendation

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Mass. Minimum Wage Increase Leaves 120,000 Tipped Workers Behind

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New Video Takes on Connection Between Living Off Tips and Sexual Harassment in Restaurant Industry, Restaurant Workers Five Times More Likely to Be Sexually Harassed than the General Workforce

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Seattle City Council Min Wage Vote Leaves Leaves Tipped Workers Behind

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160,000 Tipped Workers Left Behind in Michigan’s New Minimum Wage Law — Still Left With Just $3.50/Hour, Statement from Saru Jayaraman on Michigan’s minimum wage increase

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Updated statement from ROC United regarding unification

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Statement from Saru Jayaraman on today’s cloture vote on the Fair Minimum Wage Act

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Most Comprehensive Report To Date on National Restaurant Association and its Most Profitable Corporate Members Released Ahead of Trade Group’s Annual Lobby Days

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Monday: Movement Leaders’ Full Page New York Times Ad Takes on the National Restaurant Association’s Destructive Agenda & Monied Influence

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Statement from Saru Jayaraman on the President Obama’s Executive Orders on National Equal Pay Day

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New Report: National Restaurant Association ‘Revolving Door’ Lobbyists Quadrupled Within Past Five Years

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ROC United Response to White House Report on Women & Tipped Minimum Wage

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Vice President Joe Biden Visits ROC United High Road Employer, Florida Avenue Grill, To Highlight Importance of Raising Tipped Wages

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New Research Reveals States Without Subminimum Wage Have Higher Restaurant Sales Per Capita Than Rest Of U.S.

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Statement from Saru Jayaraman on National Restaurant Association & Darden Restaurant Inc’s Minimum Wage Opposition Letter

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Statement on CBO budget report

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Statement from Saru Jayaraman on State of the Union and raising wages for tipped workers

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Proposed Florida Bill Eliminates Tip Credit & Raises Minimum Wage to $10.10 for All Workers

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Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Applauds House Proposal For A Women’s Economic Agenda

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Florida Governor Rick Scott Sides with Corporate Interests over Public Health and Citizens Rights — Signs Earned Sick Time preemption bill

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Restaurant Owners Stand with Reps. Miller and Edwards to Support Better Wages and Treatment for Restaurant Workers

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Worker & ROC-NY Dispute at Del Posto Resolved, Star Chef Mario Batali to Become “High Road Employer”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: New ROC-MIAMI Research Report Shows 9 out of10 Miami Restaurant Workers Have No Access to Earned Paid Sick Days, Half Report Having to Cook & Serve Food While Sick

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Restaurant Workers Serve Up Rousing Praise for Rep. Miller’s Proposed Increase to Tipped Minimum Wage

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Capital Grille Workers Announce Partnership with MALDEF, Lewis, Clifton & Nikolaidis, P.C., and Workers’ Law Office

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Restaurant Workers Applaud Harkin Rebuild America Act; Legislation Will Raise $2.13 Tipped Minimum Wage, Unchanged for 21 Years & Improve Workplace Standards

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MIAMI CAPITAL GRILLE WORKERS TURN UP THE HEAT; 5th MAJOR CITY TO JOIN “DIGNITY AT DARDEN” CAMPAIGN

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New Research Report Shows Working Women in Restaurant Industry Face Systematic Discrimination, Five Times More Harassment, Poverty Wages

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RESTAURANT WORKERS LAUNCH NATIONAL DIGNITY AT DARDEN CAMPAIGN TO IMPROVE JOBS IN RESTAURANT INDUSTRY

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Restaurant Workers Issue Diners’ Guide 2012

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WINDOWS ON THE WORLD SURVIVORS OPEN PHOTO EXHIBIT ON RESTAURANT WORKERS’ LIVES

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RESTAURANT WORKER MOVEMENT BORN FROM 9/11 TRAGEDY TRANSFORMS DINING AND EMPLOYMENT LANDSCAPE IN DETROIT

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WINDOWS ON THE WORLD SURVIVORS HONOR LOST COWORKERS AT ANNIVERSARY BENEFIT

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WINDOWS ON THE WORLD SURVIVORS HONOR LOST PEERS BY BUILDING RESTAURANT WORKER MOVEMENT

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RESTAURANT WORKERS PROTEST POVERTY-LEVEL WAGES AT TASTE OF CHICAGO

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RESTAURANT WORKERS CONDUCT ACTIONS AT THE TASTE OF CHICAGO

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