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Stage Surprise supported by ROC/United, Food Chain Worker’s Alliance, Raise the Floor, Paid Sick Days Coalition, Women Employed, Cook County Place Matters, ARISE, Grassroots Collaborative

CHICAGO, IL – On Friday, February 13, members of Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)//United, Food Chain Workers’ Alliance, Jobs with Justice, Raise the Floor, Paid Sick Day Coalition, and other supporters will hold a “tip-in” where they will have a dinner of coffee and water at The Capital Grille to show love in public to restaurant workers, and bring attention to the poverty wages and inhumane employment practices at the largest full-service restaurant corporation in the world, Darden Restaurants.

It will be held February 13, 2014 @ 9:00pm, at The Capital Grille 633 N. St. Clair, in Chicago.

The action will be accompanied on social media by hashtag #recipe4love, which supporters will be tweeting @Darden_News throughout the day. There is also a twitterstorm planned in conjunction with the action from 8pm-10pm to bring awareness of One Fair Wage. @rocchicago will be live-tweeting the “tip-in”.

As ROC Chicago member Rameka Aton explained, “The cause of violence [in Chicago] is not guns, it’s poverty. It is time to raise the standard and hold companies like Darden and the NRA responsible for the disparities they incur on low income communities when they exploit their workers.”

ROC’s ONE FAIR WAGE campaign is working to pass legislation in cities and states that will require the restaurant industry to pay its employees fair wages, and not pass off their worker’s wages onto the consumer in the form of tips. Despite being the fastest-growing sector of our economy, the restaurant industry also has the lowest wages and seven of the ten lowest paying jobs in the country. In fact, the federal minimum wage rate for tipped workers has been frozen at $2.13 per hour for the past 24 years. The extremely low “wage floor” in the restaurant industry  is the result of intense lobbying by the National Restaurant Association, often referred to as “the Other NRA,” which is the most organized employer lobby in the country, and has spent millions of dollars opposing minimum-wage increases all over the country.

To call attention to this injustice and to demand concrete change,  restaurant workers and community members across the country will be participating in a national day of action on February 13th (2/13) — the day before Valentine’s Day — to show love in public to restaurant workers. As Cornell West, renowned academic and activist has said, “justice is what love looks like in public.”
Echoing West, ROC member Nataki Rhodes explained: “Love is the intuition of one’s self in another. I see my own struggle in so many other workers, and that is why I am a ROC member and continue to stand up for justice.”

The mission of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation’s restaurant workforce. We are 13,000 restaurant workers, Over 100 high-road employers, thousands of engaged consumers united for raising restaurant industry standards.

Who is Darden?

A Fortune 100 Company with $8.5 billion in annual sales in the restaurant industry

One of the four leaders of the National Restaurant Association (Disney,McDonalds, and Marriott)

An empire of seven chain restaurants (Olive Garden, Capital Grille, Longhorn Steakhouse, Yard House, Seasons 52, Eddie V’s, and Bahama Breeze)

The largest employer of sub-minimum wage workers in the country (30,000 people working for less than min. wage).

For more information, carlos@rocunited.org

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