Organizational Background & Mission:
Founded initially after September 11th, 2001, the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC) has grown into a national organization with 9000 low-wage restaurant worker members in nine locations, and growing rapidly. ROC United's mission is to improve the working conditions in the restaurant industry, the third largest industry in the nation. From 2001 until 2008, our work was focused in New York City, and achieved great success in impact for restaurant workers. In summer 2007, ROC-NY hosted the nation’s first national restaurant worker convening, and the national organization, ROC-United, was born in 2008.
We now have affiliates in New York, Detroit, New Orleans, Miami, Michigan, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, and Washington, DC. In each region, we conduct workplace justice campaigns, partner with ‘high road’ restaurants to conduct advanced restaurant workforce development programs, and collaborate with local academics and other allies to produce comprehensive participatory research and policy initiatives.