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New Report: Cruel Irony the Food Insecurity of Restaurant Workers

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Today,Food Chain Workers Alliance along with Alliance member ROC-NY and Food First released a new report,Food Insecurity of Restaurant Workers, a first comprehensive look at food security and employment conditions of workers inHomePageSlider the restaurant industry.

The report, based on over 280 surveys and interviews with restaurant workers in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, highlights the crucial ways in which  restaurant workers’ employment conditions affect their ability to feed themselves.

Key findings:

  • An astonishing 41% of NYC restaurant workers surveyed were food insecure
  • 67% of undocumented restaurant workers surveyed were food insecure
  • Tipped workers in NYC were 30% more likely to be food insecure than their non-tipped counterparts.

While NY’s minimum wage is set to rise to $9 by 2016, tipped workers in New York earn a sub-minimum wage of just $5 per hour.   NY Governor Cuomo has the ability to raise tipped workers’ base pay administratively through a Department of Labor Wage Board.

Citing high rates of food insecurity among tipped restaurant workers, ROC-NY, FCWA, and allies are calling for an elimination of the sub-minimum wage through the Wage Board process.

TAKE ACTION. Support New York’s tipped workers by tweeting at Governor Cuomo. Urge him to appoint a wage board that will listen to the needs of NY’s tipped workers by eliminating the sub-minimum wage and ensureing #1FairWage in New York. Here are sample tweets:

  • I join @ROC_NY in calling on @NYGovCuomo to convene a WageBoard that will eliminate the sub #minwage & guarantee #1FairWage in #NY
  • New Study: tipped restaurant workers face high rates of #foodinsecurity. I call on @NYGovCuomo to ensure #1FairWage in #NY

Download the report here.

FCWA Solidarity Statement in Support of Walmart workers

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Walmart: Home of Low Wages

 A statement on the Walmart Economy

Wal-Mart, walmart, Holiday ShoppingAcross the country, Wal-Mart workers have been raising their voices calling on the world’s largest private employer to publicly commit to end illegal retaliation against workers and to provide better jobs and better working conditions. As the country’s largest employer of women, with $16 billion in annual profits, Wal-Mart could single-handedly turn the lives of women workers around, and in turn, have a huge impact on jobs for women workers nationwide.

But to date they have chosen to suppress workers’ voices and pay wages so low that many are forced to rely on taxpayer assistance to survive. This should not be happening in America and we can do something about it!

We stand in solidarity with Wal-Mart workers as they go on strike on June 4, and we support their call on Wal-Mart to end their illegal attempts to silence its employees.

Signed by the Food Chain Workers Alliance

Individually signed by the following organizations:

Brandworkers International
Brooklyn Food Coalition
California Institute for Rural Studies
CATA — Farmworker Support Committee
Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center
Coalition of Imokalee Workers
Community Food and Justice Coalition
Communication Workers Union UK
Fair World Project
Farmworker Association of Florida
Food Empowerment Project
Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart
Handmade & more
International Labor Rights Forum
INTUC, KHammam Disrtrict Branch
Just Harvest USA
Miami Solutions.Net
Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights
National Family Farm Coalition
Northwest Arkansas Worker Justice Center
Organic Consumers Association
Peter Cares House
Rainbuffalo Records & Talent Agency
Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Rural Coalition
Rural and Migrant Ministries
Rural Community Workers Alliance
San Diego Hunger Coalition
Socialist Resistance
Street Vendors Project
Student/Farmworker Alliance
Sunshine Farm
Teamsters Joint Council No. 7
Unite Community
Unite Here
UE Research & Education Fund
UE Western Region
verdi Wiesbaden Trade Union
Warehouse Workers Resource Center
Warehouse Workers for Justice
West Valley Neighborhoods Coalition

Individual Signers:

Raychel Santo
Ami Rooney
Heddy Nam
Paul Jackson
Phoenix Hawelu-Hills
Carolyn Zezima
Sherryann Parde
John Steponaitis
Glenda Wadsworth
Janet maker
Joan Moore
Lenny Reed
Karen Romoser
Rudy Zeller
Meghan Hurley
Joe Sanders
Mariana Mendoza
Heremlinda Cortes
Elizabeth Henderson
Barry Wilkinson
Joshua Sbicca
Maggi Carter
David Stevenson
Vasu Murti
Philipp Hausner
Erika Takeo
Nathan McClintock
Nancy Twomey
Denise Romesburg
Alex Oshiro
Dave Frank
Elissa Weindling
Jeff Rodgers
Evelyn Weindling
Steve Olson
Candice Spencer
Susan Shields
Barbara Wood
Chris Manley
Jill Manley
Adrien Schless-Meier
Erskin Taylor iii
Evelyn Palder
Stephen Emerson
Piet Noppen
June Castro
Terra Slack
Ann Grundstrom
Ross S. Heckmann
Macarena Moraga
E Ingrid Anderson
Cornelia Haas
George Edwards
Adriana Embus
Joop Turk
Ricki Iannitti
Israel Tovar
Ivonne Gonzalez
Doug Busch
David Kricker
Sally Fried
Phillip Cripps
Martha W D Bushnell
Rita Anne Petruccelli
K Lucas
Jessica Stitt
Kelley Scanlon
William Morris
Gene Peters
Roxanne Clowes
Lorne Beatty
Sharon Powell
Carl Rosen
Jose de Arteaga
Michael Mosquera
Sondra Katz
Grace Hall
Paul Moss
Nancy Hallock
David Gering-Hasthorpe
John Gerber
Will Thomson
K. Welles
Chris Schwartz
Kelly Hurlbut
Christina Spach
Andrew Warren
Leah Fried
Keifer Russell
Brooke Smith
Jessy Gill
Suzanne Babb
Diana Robinson
Cecile Adams
Katherine Ozer
Alfredo Galdamez
Lee McFarlane
Jose de Arteaga
Beverly Foster
Parke Troutman
Elisa Gonzalez
Chloe Zelkha
Lydia Atkins
Elias Zamaria
Kim Lehmann
Meg Smeltzer Miller
Joe Kitchen
Tracy Arure
Ellen Ferriss
Stephen Greene
Sally Simpson
Claudia Navas
James Fishgold
Peter Silbereisen
M. Jahi Chappell
Jim Thompson
Elana Muldavin
Jenny Rempel
Ava Tomasula y Garcia
Stephen J. Oder
Charlotte Wales
Rupert Kugler
Camilo Viveiros
Jeri Fantuzzo
Alex Rappaport
Ingrid Anderson
Gene Peters
James Rechetnick
Marilyn Coleman
Robert March
Sally Fried
Judith Casale
Rabbi Suzanne Singer
K Lucas
William Morris
Michael Wolff
Sharon Powell
Alex Oshiro
Elaine Livingston
Cindy Deckinger
lauren Ornelas
Michael Powis
Marion Ruminski
Deanna Knickerbocker
George Kay
Karen Jones
Miguel Gimenez
Jerry Miller
Stan Squires
Kellie Smith
Peter Silbereisen
Cecile Adams
Shelby Mack
Nico Gumbs

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