As the saying goes.. if you're not at the table, you're on the menu. As a restaurant worker right's group, we believe it's important that lawmakers hear our voice. One of the ways of doing that is through lobbying - a face to face meeting with a legislator. When starting out, those meetings can be difficult to obtain as legislators' schedules can be busy. Meeting with a staff member is still a productive way to make your voice heard. When you lobby a legislator or a staff member, you are representing a larger constituency than yourself. While this can seem a daunting responsibility, remember these visits are essentially a conversation. Below is an outline for creating and executing a successful lobby visit.

Pictured above are ROC DC members meeting with their City Council member, Charles Allen.