Restaurant Workers ROC the Nation
Saru Jayaraman, Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers
United (ROC)

Saru Jayaraman details the prevalence in the restaurant industry of
wage theft, sub-minimum wages and widespread discrimination as
well as ROCs innovative fightback which involved direct action,
lawsuits, legislation, industry research and opening their own NYC
cooperative restaurant “Colors”. Responding to demands from around
the nation ROC has expanded operations to 8 cities nationwide.
Tribeca’s Amish Market Accused Of Wage Theft in NYC

Wage theft is epidemic throughout New York and the nation.
The NYS Department of Labor announced a $1.5 million enforcement
action against the Amish Market, Park Place store among a number
of others over stolen wages. To protect themselves from this and other
abuses, the Amish Market’s low wage workers have been trying to
unionize, but have been met with firings, harassment and intimidation
from the store's management. Local 1500 of the United Food and
Commercial Workers who the workers have been seeking to unite
with rallied in protest and support of the workers, calling for a boycott
of the store.
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