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Tipped Over the Edge - Gender Inequity in the Restaurant Industry

By Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United
Feb 13 2012
New report shows that women who work in the industry face systematic discrimination, poverty wages, a lack of sick days, and five times more harassment than the general female workforce. One major cause of poverty for these working women is that restaurant lobbyists have succeeded in keeping the federal minimum wage for servers and other tipped workers frozen at only $2.13 per hour for the past 20 years.

Findings in the report include the following:

It’s Time to Occupy for the Minimum Wage

Op-ed by Courtney Dufford
Journal Standard (IL), Jan 29 2012

The Occupy Wall Street movement has brought the growing issue of income inequality to the forefront of public discourse in hundreds of cities and towns across the country. Nevertheless, many are still wondering what specific changes the movement is demanding. Amid the apparent indecision, supporters can take a huge first step — and one that wouldn’t cost taxpayers, rich or poor, a penny — by rallying around an increase in the federal minimum wage.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 15 2012
"There is nothing to prevent us from paying adequate wages to school teachers, social workers and other servants of the public... There is nothing but a lack of social vision to prevent us from paying an adequate wage to every [American] whether he be a hospital worker, laundry worker, maid or day laborer. There is nothing except shortsightedness to prevent us from guaranteeing an annual minimum—and livable—income for every American family.”

Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?, 1967

Can we count on your support as we mobilize to raise the minimum wage?

Dec 27 2011
Thank you for everything you’ve been doing for economic justice in this very tough year. We especially thank you for your support for raising the minimum wage. As President Roosevelt advocated during the Great Depression, the minimum wage is “an essential part of economic recovery.” We can’t build a healthy economy when today’s minimum wage has less buying power than the minimum wage of 1956.

More than two out of three Americans support increasing the minimum wage to $10 an hour. Let Justice Roll has led the call for a $10 minimum wage – educating, organizing and reaching millions through the media.

With your help,we can make the $10 minimum wage a reality. Every dollar you contribute today will be matched up to $1,000.

San Francisco to be first city in US history to set minimum wage over $10

By Joshua Sabatini
San Francisco Examiner, Dec 4 2011
San Francisco will become the first location in the nation to have a minimum wage higher than $10 after the hourly rate increases by 32 cents on Jan. 1. ...

Minimum wage in The City has increased each year automatically according to inflation since San Francisco voters in November 2003 approved the minimum wage law Proposition L. The measure was placed on the ballot through a signature-gathering campaign.

Eat Ethically - 1st Annual ROC National Diners' Guide 2012

By Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC)
Dec 1 2011

Today, at ROC High Road Roundtable member Eatonville in Washington, D.C., ROC unveiled a National Diners’ Guide 2012: A Consumers Guide on the Working Conditions of America’s Restaurants (

2011 American Values Survey: Widespread support for raising minimum wage to $10

By Public Religion Research Institute
Nov 8 2011
Overall, two-thirds (67%) of Americans favor increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.00 an hour.

Four States Announce Minimum Wage Increases

National Employment Law Center, Oct 3 2011

Minimum wage cost of living adjustments effective Jan. 1, 2012 in Colorado, Montana, Ohio, and Washington will give thousands of workers a wage boost ranging from 28 to 37 cents per hour, or $582 to $770 a year for a full-time worker.

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