We can’t do it without you. Join and help us ensure the voices of essential restaurant workers are heard.

This fight is our fight.

Living wages. Better working conditions. Racial and gender equity. Safe, fair and healthy workplace.

We are UNITED.

Founded after Sept. 11, 2001, as a worker relief center for affected restaurant workers and their families, ROC United has grown into a national organization, activating more than 500,000 restaurant workers, employers, allies, and consumers across the country.

As a multiracial, multicultural workplace justice organization, we believe that working people should be provided with livable wages and workplaces that are fair, safe, inclusive and accessible, and where they receive living wages, pathways for advancement, and benefits for themselves and their families.

We believe that the organized collective voice and collective action of workers is essential for change and power within our democracy. Worker-driven and worker-led, our work focuses on responses and solutions to workplace injustice and economic inequality.


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Featured Reseach

The Great Service Divide – Occupational Segregation, Inequality, and the Promise of a Living Wage in the Seattle Restaurant Industry

Health and safety tips for workers as restaurants re-open.

We're calling out IHOP!

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have a federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13.

State of Restaurant Workers 2020 - United States

  • Hourly prevailing wage: $12.82
  • Number of workers: 13,494,590
  • Female: 53.70%
  • Male: 46.30%
  • White: 52.80%
  • Black: 12.50%
  • Latinx: 25.10%
  • Asian & Pacific Islander: 6.20%
  • American Indian: 0.60%
  • Other: 2.80%


From our very beginnings, improving the nation’s service industries has been the bedrock of ROC’s enduring commitment.

Stacey Abrams joined Restaurant Opportunities Centers United for “Safe and Just Return for Workers,” a digital rally about returning to work after the COVID-19 pandemic lock down. Her message: organize, advocate, and agitate.

Sen. Cory Booker joined us for the celebration of our 19th anniversary.

Join workers and activists to reimagine the economy.

Organizing Spotlight:

ROC the Georgia Runoffs!

Everything here is at stake, and it is up to us to show our strength and make a difference.

Initiative Spotlight:


ROC MI Vote 2020 and our statewide social justice, interfaith and labor allies are committed to educating, engaging and activating the Black, Brown and Indigenous Voters of Michigan.

Photo by Zack Whaley