Bay Area

Bay Area

The Restaurant Opportunities Center of the Bay (ROC the Bay) is a local restaurant workers’ organization founded in 2013. We are dedicated to improve the working conditions in the restaurant industry. We actively outreach to workers in the Bay Area to build, develop, and lead the worker center.

ROC the Bay uses 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 togethre 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.

ROC-The Bay’s COLORS Hospitality Opportunities for Workers (CHOW) FREE Training Program

The next CHOW class cohort will begin November 14th in Oakland and November 16th in San Francisco. The class in Oakland is a Bartending 101 course that runs every Monday for 6 weeks. The class in SF is a Service 101 course that runs every Wednesday for 5 weeks. The mission of CHOW is to create formalized career ladders in the restaurant industry to allow low-wage workers–particularly women, immigrant, dislocated and workers of color–to advance to livable-wage jobs in the industry. CHOW is a multi-tiered advanced restaurant training program that draws upon ROC-The Bay’s members’ own expertise to help low-wage workers advance.

900 Alice St.
Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94607

Contact: Evelyn Rangel-Medina