2011 ROC-UNITED CONVENING in COLORSLINES BY RINKU SEN at COLORLINES "I was with the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, of which I am on the board, for their annual membership convening in Chicago. ROC-United is a deeply multiracial organization, reflecting the full range of people working in the industry. The organization focuses on high-end restaurants, where most front-of-the-house workers are white, and most back-of-the-house workers are immigrants. In addition to those folks, it also organizes black workers who are shut out of high-end restaurants altogether and largely relegated to fast food. ROC-United members helped me identify markers of equity and inclusion within organizations, which is key to generating equity and inclusion out in the world. So here are three signs you’re on the right track..."
This Saturday, ROC Co-Director and Co-Founder, Saru Jayaraman will discuss important issues facing the restaurant industry with Melissa Harris-Perry, host of MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show. As Saru Jayaraman chronicles in her new book, Behind The Kitchen Door, the restaurant industry is in urgent need of change: from increasing the federal tipped minimum wage from $2.13, providing paid sick days to the industry’s 10 million workers, to ending industry-wide sexism and racial discrimination. Saru will discuss all of these issues with Melissa this Saturday at 11am. Be sure to tune-in!