Do Good by Dining Out
The U.S. restaurant industry employs over 10 million workers
nationwide and is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of the
U.S. economy. But sadly, the restaurant industry also has a very high
rate of workers’-rights violations.
That’s why the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), a UUSC partner
organization, has released the 2013 ROC National Diners' Guide to Ethical Eating.
guide rates restaurants throughout the country based on how they treat
their workers, listing responsible restaurants where you can eat knowing
that your server can afford to pay the rent and your cook isn’t working
The ROC-United diners’ guide evaluates restaurants on the following criteria:
- Tipped workers are paid at least $5.00/hour instead of the federal minimum ($2.13/hour).
- Non-tipped workers are paid at least $9.00/hour instead of the federal minimum ($7.25/hour).
- Front-of-house and back-of-house restaurant workers are provided with paid sick days.
- Workers are provided with opportunities for upward mobility based on
seniority and merit, and employers do not discriminate based on race or
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