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Food, Justice, and Restaurants
Restaurants are ubiquitous, but few of us reflect on the number of workers and the labor issues involved in the industry. How well does the restaurant business do in providing good jobs, with decent wages, fair promotion policies, and health insurance and other benefits? What more could be done? Members of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York* will engage in a multi-stakeholder dialogue with a common objective of improving conditions for everyone involved in the restaurant and food business community. The discussion will focus on three important topics – wages and benefits, labor practices, and consumer engagement and sustainability. Speakers include owner and employee representatives from restaurants (Bogota Latin Bistro, Craft, Good Restaurant, International Gourmet Kitchen, La Palapa, Mexicue, One if by Land, The Green Table) and community groups (Union Square Hospitality Group). Sponsored by the Food Studies program of the New School for Public Engagement and the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York.
*The Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NYC) is an organization of restaurant workers working to improve wages and conditions in the restaurant industry. ROC-NY organizes the New York City Restaurant Industry Roundtable, a coalition of employers dedicated to creating good jobs in the industry.
Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor (enter at 66 West 12th Street)
Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served