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Restaurant Opportunities Center of Chicago

Restaurant Opportunities Center of Chicago ROC Chicago is a member-driven local restaurant worker organization founded in 2009.

We build power and voice for restaurant workers through policy and workplace organizing.

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01/24/2022

You don't say... how many of you can relate?

Our very own ROC member, Niquenya Collins on WGN! Please visit her restaurant @ https://cocoachili.com/ for amazing loca...
01/14/2022
Lunchbreak: Jerk Salmon with Mango Salsa

Our very own ROC member, Niquenya Collins on WGN! Please visit her restaurant @ https://cocoachili.com/ for amazing local home made food! https://wgntv.com/midday-news/lunchbreak-jerk-salmon-with-mango-salsa/?utm_source=BenchmarkEmail&utm_campaign=Jan_14_-_WGN_Lunchbreak_Replay&utm_medium=email

Niquenya Collins, Owner & Executive Chef Cocoa Chili Restaurant & Catering located inside food incubator, The Hatchery in East Garfield Park. Open for pickup and delivery only Wednesday thr…

(For all the Sopranos Fans...https://imgflip.com/i/610t7x)Here are ROC we stand AGAINST subminimum wages. Pay people a p...
01/12/2022
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(For all the Sopranos Fans...https://imgflip.com/i/610t7x)

Here are ROC we stand AGAINST subminimum wages. Pay people a proper full wage! The Sopranos Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United)

Companies are more prone to cheating employees of color and immigrant workers, according to Daniel Galvin, a political s...
01/08/2022

Companies are more prone to cheating employees of color and immigrant workers, according to Daniel Galvin, a political science professor and policy researcher at Northwestern University. His research shows that immigrants and Latino workers were twice as likely to earn less than the minimum wage from 2009 to 2019 compared with white Americans. Black workers were nearly 50 percent more likely to get ripped off in comparison. If you think you've experienced wage theft in the restaurant industry, please text ROC to 40817 so our team can help you get justice!

Why are restaurants so short staffed? Because workers are sick of making below the bare minimum in order to put food on ...
01/04/2022

Why are restaurants so short staffed? Because workers are sick of making below the bare minimum in order to put food on the table and pay rent!

Having courage is standing up for yourself in the workplace and taking action ✊
12/21/2021

Having courage is standing up for yourself in the workplace and taking action ✊

Who else agrees? ✋

Help us strongly implore  to implement strong heat policies to prevent restaurant kitchens from reaching dangerously hot...
12/21/2021

Help us strongly implore to implement strong heat policies to prevent restaurant kitchens from reaching dangerously hot temperatures. Employers must be required to develop and implement a comprehensive excessive heat prevention plan to protect employees from heat-related injuries and illnesses. Restaurant workers should be able to speak up about the hazards and report any health problems on the job without fear of retaliation. Submit your comment by visiting rocunited.org/osha-heat-rule today!

Though the year is coming to a close -the fight for fair wages and better working conditions continues! Happy Holidays f...
12/21/2021

Though the year is coming to a close -the fight for fair wages and better working conditions continues! Happy Holidays from ROC Chicago!

Fa la la la la, la la la la ❄️
12/17/2021

Fa la la la la, la la la la ❄️

'Tis the season to raise the wage, fa la la la la, la la la la 💰 ✊ ❄️

If you've ever experienced something similar to this, comment below!
12/15/2021

If you've ever experienced something similar to this, comment below!

Know your rights!
12/14/2021

Know your rights!

Know Your Rights!
12/14/2021

Know Your Rights!

Come out on Saturday December 18th and stand in solidarity with our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters!     Ware...
12/14/2021

Come out on Saturday December 18th and stand in solidarity with our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters!
Warehouse Workers For Justice

12/14/2021

Representing ROC Chicago at the rally for immigrant rights in front of the DHS building in Chicago! We stand with our brothers and sisters Warehouse Workers For Justice ! Thank you to everyone who put this on!
ROC Chicago stands with our immigrant and refugee community. We know that immigrants are such a vital importance in the restaurant industry. It's time for real living wages and protections for immigrant workers!
https://fb.watch/9UvboqHeqR/

Hello friends! Please join us for a live Facebook discussion with restaurant workers on the subject of mental health in ...
12/13/2021

Hello friends! Please join us for a live Facebook discussion with restaurant workers on the subject of mental health in the restaurant industry! 12/20/21 @ 4pm CDT

Restaurant workers are more likely to suffer from mental health related issues. There are several reasons for this. Lack...
12/08/2021

Restaurant workers are more likely to suffer from mental health related issues. There are several reasons for this. Lack of healthcare, the stress of worrying about making enough tips to make ends meet, sexual harassment, workplace violence, low wages, working in hot kitchens for 10-12 hours at a time with no breaks. These are just some of the reasons. Join us as restaurant workers share their own experiences about mental health in the restaurant industry.
December 20th CDT https://fb.me/e/1RV7s570J

Do you work in the restaurant industry and need help with organizing in the workplace? Text ROC to 40817 to learn more a...
12/07/2021

Do you work in the restaurant industry and need help with organizing in the workplace? Text ROC to 40817 to learn more about your rights and how to start organizing!

Restaurant workers are more likely to suffer from mental health related issues. There are several reason for this. Lack ...
12/03/2021

Restaurant workers are more likely to suffer from mental health related issues. There are several reason for this. Lack of healthcare, the stress of worrying about making enough tips to make ends meet, sexual harassment, workplace violence, low wages, working in hot kitchens for 10-12 hours at a time with no breaks. These are just some of the reasons. Join us as restaurant workers share their own experiences about mental health in the restaurant industry.

December 20th CDT https://fb.me/e/1RV7s570J

Food Service Industry Folks: This is for you! Mental health is just as important as bodily health and vice versa.ROC Chi...
12/01/2021

Food Service Industry Folks: This is for you! Mental health is just as important as bodily health and vice versa.

ROC Chicago is hosting our second monthly FB Live event where we talk about issues that restaurant workers face daily.
I hope you can listen in when we do our live session on December 20th!

-We will have the honor of talking with Drew Reebof Refky, a current Chicago FOH restaurant worker, who will share his opinions on mental health in the restaurant industr… See more

12/01/2021

Having paid family and medical leave would mean that workers and their families would not have to choose between buying groceries or taking time to heal or care for a loved one. And it would mean that the families most impacted by this nation’s systemic racism––women-, LGBTQ-, and BIPOC-led––would have a foothold in their work to gain financial security.

Make a contribution this  to support our mission to improve wages and working conditions for restaurant workers nationwi...
11/30/2021

Make a contribution this to support our mission to improve wages and working conditions for restaurant workers nationwide. We are committed to building the power of workers like Kevin and their families to advocate for meaningful change that leads to a better life. Make a donation by visiting www.rocunited.org/donate!

11/29/2021

Do you need help writing a demand letter or want to know more about what a demand letter is? Text ROC to 40817 to talk with someone from our team!

This just in!!! Parlor Pizza is in Trouble with a capital T and rightfully so! They have been accused of discrimination ...
11/23/2021
City investigating Parlor Pizza over wage theft and discrimination allegations

This just in!!! Parlor Pizza is in Trouble with a capital T and rightfully so! They have been accused of discrimination and wage theft. The city is conducting an official investigation about these issues.
What do you think? Should we have an action supporting Parlor Pizza workers?!
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United)

Parlor Pizza has three locations in the city.

11/22/2021
LIVE: "Addiction In The Industry: A Conversation With Restaurant Workers"

Stats show that restaurant industry workers reported nearly double the rates of addiction than the general population in 2018. Why do you think that is? Join ROC Chicago's FB Live Event with special guests and industry veterans, Eve Griggs and Jessica Walter as we discuss this very important issue.

This is happening tonight! Please join us as we discuss addiction in the restaurant industry with veteran industry worke...
11/22/2021

This is happening tonight! Please join us as we discuss addiction in the restaurant industry with veteran industry workers in both Front and Back of House. We have also added the great Melissa Hernandez, the lead director and outreach coordinator with Above and Beyond Family Resource Center.

Monday is the day. ROC Chicago will host our first in a series of monthly FB live events! Join us as we talk with restau...
11/19/2021

Monday is the day. ROC Chicago will host our first in a series of monthly FB live events! Join us as we talk with restaurant workers about all sorts of important issues that directly impact our lives.
From Sexual Harassment to Mental Health- This is a safe space by and for workers.

This month's topic is -Addiction in the Industry- A conversation with veteran restaurant workers about their experiences.
November 22,

11/18/2021

Who here is excited about the new side-work rule? -

Sometimes called the “80/20 rule,” or the “dual jobs” portion of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the ability to pay a sub-minimum wage for tip-supporting work is only allowed if the worker spends less than 20% of hours worked during a workweek or less than 30 minutes continuously on tip-supporting work.

Stats show that restaurant industry workers reported nearly double the rates of addiction than the general population in...
11/15/2021

Stats show that restaurant industry workers reported nearly double the rates of addiction than the general population in 2018. Why do you think that is? Join ROC Chicago's FB Live Event with special guests and industry veterans, Eve Griggs and Jessica Walter as we discuss this very important issue.
11/22/21 @ 5pm Central Time
Link For Event- https://fb.me/e/1RGLnscIK

Why is addiction so prevalent in the restaurant industry? Join ROC Chicago as we have a live discussion with restaurant ...
11/12/2021

Why is addiction so prevalent in the restaurant industry? Join ROC Chicago as we have a live discussion with restaurant workers about this very important issue. Monday November 22nd @ 5pm CDT
Link- https://fb.me/e/1RGLnscIK

What are your thoughts on this? Have you experienced something similar? Comment down below and let us know!
11/05/2021

What are your thoughts on this? Have you experienced something similar? Comment down below and let us know!

Let’s keep going! We are going to keep demanding higher wages and better working conditions until we get them!
11/05/2021

Let’s keep going! We are going to keep demanding higher wages and better working conditions until we get them!

11/03/2021

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📣📣 Actions today at federal OSHA offices in Oakland, Chicago, Syracuse, NYC, and DC to demand an Emergency Temporary Standard for ALL workers! 📣📣
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The new OSHA COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard will save lives -- but why does it only cover health care workers?

Healthcare workers deserve those protections! But what about millions of other frontline workers who are still putting their health and safety on the line? Go to our Worker action center using to get all the information you need to tell to stand with labor and release an ETS that will : https://healfoodalliance.org/takeaction/
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Thanks to our members and partners: Food Chain Workers Alliance, Laundry Workers Center, Real Food Media, Workers' Center of CNY, NYCOSH, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago - ROC Chicago, Warehouse Workers For Justice, and others who showed up for working people today!

Joe Biden - Be in SOLIDARITY with labor and do your part to ensure an ETS that is released now!


For the past year, workers have been organizing for strong, enforceable COVID-19 safety protections. Last week, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a long-awaited COVID-19 standard, but only for healthcare settings, leaving out tens of millions of U.S. workers, including warehouse workers. That's not enough. ALL workers deserve protections!

Today, WWJ worker members and organizers stood in solidarity with HEAL Food Alliance and Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago - ROC Chicago to demand that the Biden administration provide essential strong safety protections for all workers and give OSHA the resources needed to hold employers accountable.
The policy is critical to protecting the restaurant workforce against employers who will use COVID-19 as an opportunity to cut costs by letting go of their experienced, higher-paid workers in favor of new, lower-paid workers. Sign Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago - ROC Chicago's Right To Return petition at http://bit.ly/3cIUE7S.
The Cook County Food Summit starts TOMORROW!

As you're planning which sessions to attend throughout the event, be sure to check out this panel, " Ensuring Workplace Safety, Health, and Welfare for Food Chain Workers during COVID-19" Many food chain workers are on the frontlines of COVID-19: harvesting our food, processing meat, coordinating package delivery, stocking grocery store shelves, and preparing & serving meals in restaurants. This session will discuss the workplace safety, health, and welfare issues food chain workers have experienced since the pandemic started--though none of these issues are necessarily "new."

Learn about what Raise the Floor, HEAL Food Alliance, Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago - ROC Chicago, Warehouse Workers For Justice, and UIC Center for Healthy Work are doing in their workplaces and how you can support.

Get your free ticket today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cook-county-food-summit-2020-tickets-119934418073
On September 21st, Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago - ROC Chicago is hosting a Sexual Harassment 101 Training!

Join Ali Baker and Maria Moreno to learn more about how to identify and stop sexual violence at your restaurant!

Link to join the zoom call: http://bit.ly/3bZZZ9W
(Save this for 9/21!)
Thanks, iHeartRadio for highlighting local organizations supporting those impacted by COVID-19!
Please consider supporting our grantee partners on the list, including Teamwork Englewood, Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home), South Suburban Family Shelter, Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago - ROC Chicago, Family Rescue, Brave Space Alliance, Arab-American Family Services, KAN-WIN, Mujeres Latinas en Accion, and Latinos Progresando.

Today we are celebrating a victory in Chicago, with the passage of the ordinance, which will increase the city’s to $15/hr by 2021 for most working people. This ordinance is more inclusive than many, covering sister agencies like CTA, workers with disabilities, youth, and more. And there’s still work to be done to eliminate the sub-minimum tipped wage. Thanks to sponsor Alderman Sophia King, coalition members SEIU Healthcare IL & IN, Raise Chicago, Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago - ROC Chicago, Shriver Center on Poverty Law, and more! And thanks to all of YOU who took action in support of this victory! Because !
Buenas tardes mi nombre es Leticia Tellez y estoy con la Union Latina de Chicago.

En enero celebraremos 3 años de ganar la Carta de Derechos de Trabajadoras del Hogar en Illinois. Esto fue un logro sin precedente en el estado, ser reconocidas como trabajadoras que merecemos los mismos derechos que todos los demas.

Yo que trabaje como trabajadora del hogar encuentro injusto que hoy la ciudad de Chicago nos dejara no alcanzar el salario minimo de $15 la hora hasta el 2023, dos años despues que los demas trabajadores.

Estamos felices por los trabajadores de Chicago que se beneficiaran de este aumento. Pero, como trabajadoras del hogar, una vez más se nos pone en segundo lugar. Una vez más nuestro trabajo no parece ser prioridad cuando tiene que ver con aumentar el salario minimo. Trabajadores de propina, con desabilidades, jovenes, trabajadoras del hogar se merecen $15 la hora para el 2021.

Gracias

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Good afternoon, my name is Leticia Tellez and I am with Latino Union of Chicago.

In January we will celebrate 3 years of passing the IL Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. This was an unprecedented win in the state, we were recognized as workers who deserve the same rights as everyone else.

I worked as a household worker and I find unjust that today the city of Chicago will leave us behind in the raise of the minimum wage of $15 an hour until 2023.

We are happy for Chicago workers who will benefit from this raise. However, as domestic workers, once again we are put in a second place. Once again, our labor does not seem to be a priority when it comes to raising the minimum wage. Tip workers, youth workers, workers with disabilities, household workers, deserve $15 by 2021.

Thank you.

Arise Chicago Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago - ROC Chicago
Thank you to Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago - ROC Chicago member Ali and all the women standing up for dignity, justice, and .

Time is running out. Take 60 seconds to tell Chicago City Council that the time has come.
Growing up, I typically wouldn’t see my mother until late evenings during the week. She sacrificed so much and worked long hours as a tipped worker for several years when I was younger to ensure her children had the opportunity to reach a better life. Although our state successfully increased the minimum wage, many hard working people on tipped wages and workers with disabilities are still exempt from receiving this increase and instead are only paid sub-minimum wages. ⁣

Earlier today, Congressman Chuy Garcia, Aldererperson Michael Rodriguez and I helped serve patrons at Yolanda’s Restaurant to stand in solidarity with our state’s tipped-workers. We stood together as public officials from different levels of government to support the One Fair Wage and fight for fair wages for tipped workers and people with disabilities. ⁣

Thank you to Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago - ROC Chicago, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Raise Chicago, Yolandas Restaurant, Congressman Chuy García, and Alderperson Michael D. Rodriguez!
Powerful rally downtown today demanding a $15 minimum wage in Chicago by 2021. The bill we passed this year raised the statewide minimum wage from $8.25 to $15 over the next six years. But Chicago is already at $13, and with cost of living so much higher here, the city needs to act sooner.

And the proposed city ordinance will also end the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers, an injustice we weren’t able to correct at the state level. Huge shoutout to
Restaurant Opportunities Center Chicago - ROC Chicago for insisting on this demand. Also raises wages for youth workers, who deserve $15 an hour too.

It was great to see alderpeople Maria Hadden for 49th Ward Alderwoman, Daniel La Spata for the 1st Ward, Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza, 10th Ward, Friends of Michael D. Rodriguez, Felix Cardona Jr, 31st Ward Alderman, Alderman Raymond Lopez - 15th Ward, Alderman Jason C. Ervin in attendance, along with Chicago Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin and State Representative Kam Buckner.
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