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The Hidden Cost Of Cheap Pizza

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 06.03.2016 | Taste

If you’re tuned into the politics of food and the influence that large corporations can have on public policy, you’re probably familiar with the t...

A Message to Clinton: Time to Lean In for Working Class Women

Sheerine Alemzadeh | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Sheerine Alemzadeh

Will she amplify the voices of the low-income, predominantly women of color who have been left voiceless in debates about work/life balance, pay equity and breaking the glass ceiling?

I Serve Your Fast Food and I'm Fighting to Survive. Want to Hear My Story? - Nakima Jones

One Billion Rising | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
One Billion Rising

We're not asking for gold. We're not asking for diamonds. We're asking to get paid enough to support our families.

You Need to Know: The Minimum Wage Wars

Eve Turow Paul | Posted 08.23.2014 | Business
Eve Turow Paul

Restaurant workers and their pay have been making headlines for nearly a year now as fast-food employees protest for higher wages and the Obama Administration attempts to increase the minimum for all workers. Here's what you need to know about minimum wage.

The Death of Auto Grat; How the IRS is Turning Servers Into Slaves

Stefanie Williams | Posted 08.20.2014 | New York
Stefanie Williams

Autograt exists to ensure servers get paid for the work they do because some people just suck and you can't always expect people to do the right thing. It's that simple. And the IRS is stripping us of that guarantee.

Dave Jamieson

Minimum Wage Raise Leaves Restaurant Workers Behind | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

On Monday, the Maryland House of Delegates passed a bill that will gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, the very number on whi...

Dave Jamieson

Tom Harkin Asks For One Last Raise Before Retirement | Dave Jamieson | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Tom Harkin keeps a copy of a D.C. restaurant worker's paycheck in his Capitol Hill office. The Democrat likes to talk about it when...

The Other NRA: National Restaurant Association Eviscerates the Rights of Customers, Workers, and Children

Michele Simon | Posted 04.21.2014 | Business
Michele Simon

Food movement leaders tend to stick to their specific issues, whether it's advocating for healthy food, fighting for workers' rights or curbing marketing to children. There is one organization that conveniently provides us with one giant target for all of them: the National Restaurant Association.

Your Waitress Can't Afford Childcare

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

The working poor are not only working, they're doing some of the hardest jobs out there, including restaurant work, construction and farming. They deserve better, and so to their children.

Is the American Dream Out to Lunch?

Simon Greer | Posted 07.06.2013 | Business
Simon Greer

There is a tremendous opportunity for Darden to grow. The first step is to sit down with its own employees and investors to chart a path for growth based on reasonable standards that will make the promise of the American Dream much more than just lofty rhetoric at a trade conference.

The Woman Who's Changing the Definition of 'Foodie'

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.16.2013 | Business
Michelle Chen

As one of the largest low-wage sectors in the country, restaurant work is more than a tough gig -- it's an industrial pressure cooker.

What Waiting Tables Can Teach You About Growing Your Revenue

Ian Altman | Posted 03.31.2013 | Business
Ian Altman

Like most in that field, I started as a busboy -- clearing tables and refilling beverages. I think that everyone in business should spend at least some time in the role of a waiter or waitress. Why?

Joe Satran

Restaurant Workers Deserve More Pay, Says Survey | Joe Satran | Posted 02.11.2013 | Home

One of the key narratives in the restaurant world over the past year has been an increased focus on workers' rights. Restaurant employees scored big s...

Not Your Usual Restaurant Reviews: 2013 ROC National Diner's Guide to Ethical Eating

Fabio Parasecoli | Posted 01.15.2013 | Home
Fabio Parasecoli

While the Restaurant Opportunity Centers' initiatives target business, consumers have a big role to play. By choosing to dine in a place that works to improve labors relationships, we can indirectly "vote with our dollars."

Would You Like a Splash of Typhoid Fever With Your Cocktail Drink?

Erica Sommers | Posted 10.09.2012 | Miami
Erica Sommers

If you asked the average bartender, waiter or dishwasher at a restaurant if they have paid sick days, they would probably laugh in your face and then cry. That is because, paid sick days or not, the majority have probably gone to work sick.

Vast Majority Food Industry Workers Don't Make Enough Money To Live On

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 08.06.2012 | Business

What did you have for breakfast today? Chances are good it came to you by way of someone barely making a living. A new report from the Food Chai...

Dave Jamieson

Minimum Raise: How The Wage Floor For American Servers Hasn't Budged In Two Decades | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Business

Rebecca Williams has waited tables, on and off, for 30 years. A lot has changed since her first stint in the business ended in the early 1990s. Restau...

The Truth About $2.13

Saru Jayaraman | Posted 06.03.2012 | Politics
Saru Jayaraman

The one irrefutable fact which restaurant lobbyists seem intent on ignoring is that in the eight states, including California, which do not have tipped penalties on restaurant workers, the restaurant industry is thriving.

Dave Jamieson

Dem Calls For Higher Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Days For All | Dave Jamieson | Posted 03.30.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) on Thursday included a litany of measures aimed at boosting income for low-wage worke...

Yolanda González Gómez

Gen. Zapata's Grandson, An Undocumented Busboy In Texas | Yolanda González Gómez | Posted 10.11.2011 | Latino Voices

DALLAS, Texas - Gen. Emiliano Zapata, the legendary military commander of the Mexican Revolution, is still revered to this day for the ideals and pri...

America's 10 Best-Paying Jobs

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 07.20.2011 | Business

More than one year after President Barack Obama signed health care reform into law, one thing hasn't changed: doctors are well paid. The Bureau Of ...