This review captures the purpose of Behind The Kitchen Door – to raise awareness of working conditions in order to develop public support for legislative solutions, specifically with regard to increasing the minimum wage. ROC’s goals are “are imminently winnable: increase the minimum wage overall, and increase the minimum wage for workers who get tips. President Obama finally endorsed an increase in the minimum wage in his State of the Union address. Two great champions of workers’ rights, Congressman George Miller and Senator Tom Harkin, followed suit with a joint effort to raise the minimum wage to $10.10/hour, up from its current level of $7.25. The Miller and Harkin bill would raise the tipped workers’ minimum wage to 70 percent of the overall minimum wage. In a separate bill, Congresswoman Donna Edwards, herself a former restaurant worker, has introduced a WAGES Act that would raise the minimum tipped wage.”
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John Cavanagh and Robin Broad wrote this article for YES! Magazine, a national, nonprofit media organization that fuses powerful ideas with practical actions.
Robin is a Professor of International Development at American University in Washington, D.C. and has worked as an international economist in the U.S. Treasury Department and the U.S. Congress. John is director of the Institute for Policy Studies, and is co-chair (with David Korten) of the New Economy Working Group. They are co-authors of three books and numerous articles on the global economy, and have been traveling the country and the world for their project Local Dreams: Finding Rootedness in the Age of Vulnerability.