By Leah Scrivener and Eric Holt-Giménez
Photo Credit: SEIU / Flickr / Creative Commons
Photo credit: OUR Walmart
By Carly Finkle
Listen to this audio. Then go to PBS to watch "Rape in the Fields".
In the Mission District of San Francisco, California, a new worker-owned restaurant called Maya Luna opened its doors in late April. The eight worker-owners are all passionate immigrant leaders who have come together to achieve “the dream of working independently, where there’s no boss to mistreat you.” The restaurant workers’ efforts are supported by People Organizing to Demand Environmental & Economic Rights (PODER), an environmental justice organization based in the Mission District.
By Leah Scrivener
Photo courtesy of Arizmendi Bakery
A worker-owner at the Arizmendi Bakery on Valencia Street in San Francisco, California, who also works for the Arizmendi Association of Cooperatives, spoke with Food First recently to share their first-hand experiences working at a cooperative business. This interview gives first-hand insight from a worker-owner at one of the nation’s most successful cooperative bakeries.
Tom Harkin and George Miller are re-introducing the Fair Minimum Wage Act today!
Three weeks after President Obama highlighted the need for a raise in the minimum wage in his State of the Union Address, Congress members Senator Tom Harkin and Representative George Miller introduced the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013. This proposal includes a raise in the regular minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour over three years, and also a raise in the tipped minimum wage from $2.13 to 70% of the regular minimum wage.
Due to your support, this book was #1 on Powell's and #1 on 3 of Amazon's subject lists! Thank you for helping to raise awareness of food and labor justice issues within the restaurant industry!
Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and director of Restaurant Opportunities Center United, will be on MSNBC's Up With Chris Hayes this Saturday, March 2nd.