Our Mission & Vision

Who We Are

The Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, a national nonprofit organization, works to improve the lives of millions of workers in the restaurant industry.
Dedicated to building worker power—economically, socially and politically—in the workplace, ROC unites and engages restaurant workers of all backgrounds around shared goals and values to contribute to a larger worker movement aimed at raising the standard of living for all the working class.

What We Do

Our approach has always been and will continue to be rooted in people — moving restaurant workers, high-road restaurant owners, policymakers, consumers, voters, and institutions — who have active interests in making the restaurant industry work for everyone.

Providing training and professional development opportunities for restaurant workers is at the core of our daily focus. Facilitating upward economic mobility for people in some of the lowest paid occupations in the nation is an essential pillar of our mission. We also educate employers on improving the workplace climate, by providing tools that advance racial and gender equity and reduce on-the-job harassment of any kind.

We advance the interests of restaurant workers by connecting people with ideas and institutions, while expanding and deepening our organizing efforts through local chapters.

Where We Work

We have local chapters in New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., Chicago, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Orleans, Massachusetts, California — Los Angeles, the Bay Area (San Francisco, Oakland) — and a national team that supports the chapter-level projects, programs and campaigns.