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

ROC United applauds today’s announcement of a new economic agenda from House Democrats, “When Women Succeed, America Succeeds: An Economic Agenda for Women and Families,” which seeks to address issues of pay inequity, child care, and work and family balance. Women are integral to one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the US ­ the restaurant industry. Of the ten million people employed by the restaurant industry, five million are women, two million mothers, and one million single mothers. Servers – of whom 71 percent are female – are almost three times more likely to be paid below the poverty line than the general workforce and nearly twice as likely to need food stamps as the general population. Nearly all restaurant workers lack paid sick leave. The agenda proposed several policy solutions, including the Fair Minimum Wage Act and Healthy Families Act, both of which are crucial to lifting millions of women and families out of poverty and pushing back against the National Restaurant Association’s fight against living wages and earned sick time.

Link to the House announcement with agenda details and stats:

New ROC United research, including a just ­published report on working mothers in the restaurant industry.


Co­founded by labor rights leader and author of Behind The Kitchen Door Saru Jayaraman (“The Woman Who’s Changing the Definition of Foodie” ­ In These Times), ROC United has grown to over 10,000 members across 26 cities in the US, winning 13 worker­led campaigns, totaling $7 million in stolen tips and wages.