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December 12th, 2013 • by The Welcome Table

The Welcome Table & ROC United want to hear directly from you about these things:

1. Did you approach the restaurant owner or management? If so, how’d it go?
2. What did you notice about the staff? For example, did you notice if most ‘back of the house’ positions (cooks, bussers, etc) were people of color? What else?
3. Do you know of a great restaurant that pays fair wages that isn’t in the app? Share their info below.

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ROC United’s Saru Jayaraman Represents Majority of Tipped Workers on The Today Show!

August 21st, 2013 • by The Welcome Table

Saru Jayaraman was thrilled to have the opportunity to speak up on behalf of most tipped restaurant workers on a segment from this morning’s Today Show! Catch it below:

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Saru Jayaraman, ROC United, and Behind The Kitchen Door covered in The Nation!

August 15th, 2013 • by The Welcome Table

“AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has a hard time pronouncing “Jayaraman,” but he’s been getting some practice.

“At a conference of labor researchers this spring, the union leader introduced Saru Jayaraman, co-director and co-founder of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC), as a “real pioneer.” No wonder he’s impressed. In an industry that, according to the Labor Department, is more than 95 percent unorganized, ROC has been winning money settlements for workers, improving conditions in trendsetting restaurants, and making a policy impact large enough to render one of the nation’s most powerful corporate lobbies visibly nervous.

“Indeed, in calling Jayaraman a pioneer who’s “demanding answers to the questions that need to be asked about the future of workers,” Trumka may have things backward. The truth is, ROC’s not demanding answers so much as coming up with them, and they are answers that may have beyond-the-restaurant relevance for twenty-first-century labor.

Read the full piece by Laura Flanders in The Nation here.

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