Photo courtesy of Restaurant Opportunities Center
By Saru Jayaraman & Fekkak Mamdouh
This new year’s, don’t just resolve to eat right — eat just! That means not just picking healthier options when you eat out, but peeking behind the kitchen door to make sure the workers at the restaurants you go to are treated fairly and justly by their employers. Making sure restaurants are just makes a big difference for workers, our economy — and your health. Here’s how:
In her book Behind the Kitchen Door, available February 13th, Saru Jayaraman brings to light the harsh and often hidden realities of the restaurant industry. Ms. Jayaraman paints a vivid portrait of the lives of restaurant workers from across the United States, who share their stories about poor working conditions, wage theft, sexism, racism, and little to no health benefits or paid sick days.
Join consumers from across the country in the coming weeks as they call on Wendy's to partner with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers in advancing the human rights and dignity of farmworkers in its supply chain! They are seeking a penny more per pound of tomatoes that they pick.
Other fast food corporations that have signed the agreement include:
2005, Taco Bell
2008, Burger King
2009, Subway 2012, Chipotle
Learn more by reading Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman of Berkeley's Food Labor Research Center
By Leah Scrivener
The arguments against a raised minimum wage are rooted in corporate interest that seeks to put profit over people, and are devoid of any concern for low-income Americans. These carefully designed arguments are scare tactics to intimidate, divert, and confuse the American public, who may not yet see how the corporatocracy drives the widening gap between the rich and the poor in this country.
By Leah Scrivener
Photo Credit: Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy
The federal minimum wage has remained stagnant at $7.25 per hour since 2009. President Obama had promised to raise it to $9.50 by 2011. November’s elections saw several important local successes in the fight for an increased minimum wage, as voters in Albuquerque, San Jose, and Long Beach pushed forward measures that will have a positive impact on low-wage workers in those communities.