$2.13 an hour. That is how low some tipped workers are paid in many of our nation’s restaurants. That minimum wage has not seen an increase in the past 20 years. And paid sick days? Not likely. Workers are forced to choose between staying home to heal and not getting paid or coming in and risking their health (not to mention others' health) to earn a living.
Learn more about the ways in which restaurant workers face unjust employment conditions by watching this trailer for Behind the Kitchen Door, a book that dives deeply into the experiences of restaurant workers across the country.
Restaurant workers’ justice is a crucial element of our efforts to engage in ethical consumption. When we talk about food justice, it is not only about the food – it is also about the people who grow, prepare, and serve it. Learn more about the work being done to advocate for fair wages, paid sick leave, and other basic employment rights here.
As a member of UUPLAN’s task force on Restaurant Worker Justice, I invite you to learn more about this issue, which has also been a recent focus area of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. You can read more about the call to support workers’ rights here.
Want to find out more about the call for restaurant workers’ justice and how you can be a part of the movement to fight for workers' rights? Check out the following events happening in the next few weeks.
January 21 – 27, 2013: Canvassing with Restaurant Opportunities Center during restaurant week to raise awareness and encourage diners to eat ethically
February 3, 2013: Ethically Dining Out Forum at Unitarian Society of Germantown
February 13, 2013: Release Date for Behind the Kitchen Door
February 19, 2013: Book Release Event at the Free Library of Philadelphia
February 24, 2013: Attend Philadelphia City Council meeting and support Earned Sick Pay legislation
The Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network is an organization that focuses on public policy reform in the state of Pennsylvania. The work of the organization brings together Unitarian Universalists from across the state to advocate for changes that will bring about a more just and compassionate world. This year, UUPLAN has chosen to focus on the following issues: Economic Justice (Basic Human Needs); Economic Justice (Restaurant Workers’ Justice); Reproductive Justice; Immigration Justice; Environmental Justice.