Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have had a massive impact on the restaurant and other industries in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. Restaurant workers in some of the most-impacted areas are still going to work, risking their safety to make ends meet. All this while many continue to receive an unfair, lower wage for their efforts.
A great article in Buzzfeed examines how “despite the risks, workers prepared food, manned cash registers, and cleaned hotels for the country’s lowest legal pay.”
Low-wage workers are also often expected to be among the first back to work, to feed and supply first responders. Waffle House, for one, is so reliable in an emergency that FEMA uses its openings and closings as an informal metric (the ‘Waffle House Index’) to gauge the scale of a disaster. Denny’s is also a safe bet for both skeleton-staff personnel and the stranded
…For many of these workers, the lack of job security and ordinary economic need have led them to risk life and limb, or simple comfort, for rock-bottom wages. If they didn’t make it to work through hell and high water, there was nothing to guarantee they’d have work to come back to on the other side of the storm.
Restaurant workers deserve a fair, living wage for their hard work. Click here to learn about ROC’s One Fair Wage campaign to end the subminimum wage system once and for all.
Join us in solidarity with Harvey and Irma victims. Make a donation today to the following amazing organizations that are on the ground supporting those impacted:
Dallas Women’s Foundation
Greater Houston Community Foundation
Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)
Texas Organizing Project
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH)