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Spotlight Webcast: Restaurant Workers Struggle at Poverty Line

The Restaurant Opportunities Center

The restaurant industry is currently one of the largest private sector employers nationwide and one of the fastest growing industries in most regions across the country. While there is the potential for obtaining a living wage in this industry, many workers suffer from low pay and poor working conditions.


The Restaurant Opportunities Center is a national restaurant workers' organization that develops worker organization projects, provides training and technical assistance, conducts national research, and engages in national policy work to improve working conditions for restaurant workers.


Paid sick leave, dead end jobs, health care and fair wages are issues restaurant workers deal with daily. Bonnie Kwon and Nikki Lewis, ROC coordinators in Washington, DC,  discuss these issues with Spotlight's Mary Jo Gilmore.