Saru Jayaraman Talks with Bill Maher about Tipped Minimum Wage

Last Friday, ROC-United Co-Director and Co-Founder, Saru Jayaraman sat down to chat with Bill Maher and guests on Real Time With Bill Maher on the history of the tipped minimum wage and why it’s been frozen at $2.13/hour for the past 20 years. The restaurant industry employs 10 million people in the US; restaurant workers use food stamps at twice the rate of the rest of the workforce and are 3 times as likely to live in poverty. Saru Jayaraman chronicles the impact of the restaurant industry’s abysmally low wages on people across the US in her new book Behind The Kitchen Door.


2 thoughts on “Saru Jayaraman Talks with Bill Maher about Tipped Minimum Wage

  1. Tracy Behling

    Very informative, kudos to Sara Jayaraman for sharing this information. There must be changes in the industry and I will be purchasing her book, thanks for staying involved and continuing the fight for fair practices in the work environment, God bless!

  2. Rasheed Hislop

    Thank you Saru, i got the book as well and appreciate all of your work – you are my hero because as you said in the recent talk with poc’s regarding being a foodie and fighting for social justice: we have to go beyond our social justice circles to push our agenda forward.

    With that being said I would love it if you would check out the food justice organization survey that a rocunite member helped create with responses to our delphi:

    The main goal of this survey is to do just what you mentioned: to build a coalition of folks working on food justice that goes beyond urban ag in underserved communities…restaurant worker justice, food chain worker justice, rights of indigenous peoples to hunt and gather as their people have on this land for centuries, people of color and migrant farmers as well as the plethora of philanthropic organizations that want to help these causes, not to mention government agencies local, state and national that work on food security, public health, community and economic development in the food or agricultural sectors. There is so much going on that many are overwhelmed and do not have time to take a look around. The survey is taking this look around and putting the information into a digestible and usable format so that organizations and communities can do something with it.

    Thank you for all that you do…keep on keeping on.


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