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Sexual Harassment: What Does It Have to Do with Living Off Tips?

What is it like living off tips as a woman in the service industry? Check out the latest video from Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United. 

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Low Wages AND Sexual Harassment? Winners and Losers of the Week

In our regular weekly feature, we'll be taking a look at the winners and losers of the week in the struggle for the rights of working families. The winners will be the people or organizations that go above and beyond to expand or protect the rights of working families, while the losers will be whoever went above and beyond to limit or deny those rights.

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4 Frightening Facts About the Influence of the Other NRA (the National Restaurant Association)

4 Frightening Facts About the Influence of the Other NRA (the National Restaurant Association)

What would America's politics be without the outsized influence from the NRA? In this case, however, we're talking about the National Restaurant Association, which uses an army of lobbyists to fight against the rights of working families who do all the work that makes them their profits. The industry that brings in $600 billion a year in revenue is a leader in fighting against raising the minimum wage and increasing wages for tipped workers, paid sick days and food safety rules.

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Movie Fiction Comes to Life for Tipped Workers and It’s Not Funny

OK, Reservoir Dog Mr. Pink was a bad guy, a career criminal and maybe even a killer. (We’ll never know for sure about that.) But even worse, Mr. Pink was a restaurant server’s horror story. No matter how hard a server busted his or her tail bringing his food and drink and making his meal pleasant or even memorable, Mr. Pink wouldn’t leave a tip.

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22 Years Without a Raise

The federal minimum wage for tipped workers—mostly servers in restaurants but also some workers in hotels, nail salons, carwashes and other industries—has been stuck at $2.13 an hour since 1991. Employers expect customers to make up the difference between the $2.13 and the federal minimum wage with their tips.

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Want to Eat at Restaurants That Treat Their Workers Well? There's an App for That

To support employers in the restaurant industry that do treat their workers well, check out the ROC Diners Guide so we can vote with our dollars on the kinds of establishments we want to see more of. 

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'At That Wage, We Cannot Provide for Our Children'

The latest video from the Restaurant Opportunities Centers  (ROC) United tells the stories of workers who are "Living Off Tips." In an industry that is dominated by women workers who get paid a minimum wage of $2.13 plus tips, many workers can't afford to pay their basic necessities or the needs of their families.  ROC United is calling on tipped workers to tell their stories so that more and more people can learn the difficulties of the hardworking women and men who rely on a tipped wage that hasn't been increased since 1991.

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$2.13 Is Not Enough: Restaurant Workers Confront Darden CEO Clarence Otis

Protest outside Darden Restaurants, Inc. shareholder meeting in Fla. Photo by Rob McGarrah

Darden Restaurants Inc., the company whose 28,000 workers serve at Red Lobster, Olive Garden and the upscale Capital Grille restaurants, found itself on the defensive in September, as CEO Clarence Otis tried to explain to shareholders why year after year earnings per share dropped and restaurant servers labored under a $2.13 per hour federal “tipped” minimum wage, with no paid sick leave.

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Mothers Who Work at Restaurants Are Getting Worked Over by Their Employers

Mothers Who Work at Restaurants Are Getting Worked Over by Their Employers

For the millions of mothers who work in restaurants, it's hard enough to balance work with the responsibility of raising your children right. But a recent survey shows that many employers seem to not only not care, but they act as if they are purposefully trying to make things harder for moms. From subminimum wages to lack of career mobility, working mothers face a wide array of challenges that make their lives harder and less rewarding.

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We Don't Talk About This Enough: Child Care Needs for Restaurant Workers

We Don't Talk About This Enough: Child Care Needs for Restaurant Workers

The restaurant industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States. With hefty profit margins exceeding those of major retail chains such as Walmart and Target, the restaurant industry is expected to create up to a million more jobs by 2020. Many restaurants tout job creation yet pay some of the lowest wages to their employees. These low wages hinder people's ability to afford child care. 

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