Did you know that the federal tipped minimum has been $2.13 since 1991? With abysmally low hourly wages, tips aren’t just something extra. They’re often the majority of a server’s wages. How do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor working conditions – discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens – affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables? Visit ROC United’s campaign to raise the tipped minimum wage.
Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley and author of Behind the Kitchen Door, a national best-selling and groundbreaking exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out (Cornell University Press, 2013).