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1 Critical Issues & Innovative Programs & Policies to Improve Conditions for Workers in the Food System Food Chain Workers Alliance Joann Lo, Executive Director

2 Food Chain Workers Alliance members

3 Report on Food Workers

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5 Food System Workers as a Percentage of U.S. Workforce 2010

6 Income in the Entire Economy vs. In the Food Chain 2010

7 Wages

8 Race/Ethnicity by Wage Segment

9 Hourly Wage, Wage Theft, & Total Hours Worked by Immigration Status

10 Access to Benefits

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12 Employment in the Restaurant Industry,

13 High Potential, Low Wages Despite the restaurants industrys size and growth… 7 of 11 lowest- paying jobs in US are restaurant jobs Median wage below poverty level

14 What is the federal tipped minimum wage? $2.13

15 Raise $2.13 Subminimum wage for tipped workers frozen at $2.13 per hour since 1991 National restaurant lobby delinked subminimum wage from minimum wage increases in 1996 – Herman Cain! Minimum wage increased four times since 1996 without an increase to the subminimum wage If subminimum wage kept pace with its historic value, today it would be $4.35 per hour

16 Restaurant industry = largest employer of workers at or below minimum wage Composition of workers at or below minimum wage

17 CHOW, by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Workforce development curriculum for restaurant workers: –Beverage Module –Service Module –ESOL (optional) Uniquely written for restaurant workers by restaurant workers Recently featured in Ford Foundations annual report as Next Generation Workforce success story Quarterly CHOW classes in 10 cities: –NYC, Philadelphia, DC, Miami, New Orleans, Houston, Chicago, Detroit, Bay Area, LA

18 Benefits of CHOW Increased confidence!! Skills to move up career ladder: – BOH to FOH – Runner/busser/barback to server/bartender – Entry into fine dining establishments College pathways (where there is a college partnership) ROC membership and access to resources: – Resume Writing Workshop – Job Placement – Know-your-rights Orientation

19 NY & Detroit COLORS NY & Detroit COLORS Detroit – farmers COLORS Detroit – farmers COLORS JUST. GOOD. FOOD. JUST. GOOD. FOOD. – Locally-sourced, sustainable, affordable food (lunch & dinner) – Workforce Development & Internships – Space for Community Events COLORS Restaurants

20 Food Procurement Policies & Standards

21 Policies & Standards

22 Dignity at Darden Campaign

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