Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
ABOUT ROC United
Founded initially after September 11th, 2001, the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) has grown into a national organization with more than 18,000 low-wage restaurant worker members in New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, Chicago, Michigan, New Orleans, Pennsylvania, Seattle, and Washington, DC. In most regions, we are organizing restaurant workers, employers, and consumers to win ‘One Fair Wage’ legislation and ballot measures that will raise wages for restaurant workers and eliminate the lower wage for tipped workers, who are largely women.
Over the last 13 years, we have organized thousands of workers to win $10 million in misappropriated tips and wages and discrimination payments for low-wage workers, and significant policy changes in high-profile fine dining restaurant companies covering thousands of workers. We have partnered with 160 responsible restaurant owners to promote the 'high road' to profitability, and trained more than 5,000 restaurant workers to advance to livable wage jobs within the industry. We have also published thirty ground-breaking reports on the restaurant industry, obtaining significant media coverage, played an instrumental role in winning a statewide minimum wage increase and paid sick days for tipped workers, and initiated other policy campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. We own and operate restaurants called COLORS that serve as the home base for our workforce-development training and membership programs in New York and Detroit, and will be expanding COLORS to New Orleans, Washington DC, and Oakland in 2016.
We are looking for a dedicated employee who will lead ROC DC’s One Fair Wage policy campaign and Ballot efforts. The Lead Organizer will help build a new and evolving model in which connections made with workers online and through street outreach transform to real world relationships and actions. Under this individual’s mentorship, the workers will learn how to organize and mobilize their co-workers,. To win One Fair Wage policy measures, the Lead Organizer will also build relationships with a variety of employers, consumers, and other allies in the region.
ROC-DC Lead Organizer Responsibilities:
The Lead Organizer position is intended to be a senior-level, experienced position. The Lead Organizer will report directly to the Managing Director or one of his designees.
Women, people of color, and immigrants strongly encouraged to apply.
Please send resume and cover letter to Diana Ramirez at Diana@rocunited.org
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