Restaurant Workers don’t Need Private Fundraisers, they need support to organize and build worker-led movements

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

On Tuesday, September 12, Lilly Tomlin and Jane Fonda will be in Grand Rapids for a private fundraiser for the One Fair Wage campaign.

The One Fair Wage campaign is a project of the Restaurant Organizing Committee, which is based out of New York City. 

The Restaurant Organizing Committee (ROC) is a movement that is made up of people who work in the restaurant sector – wait staff, people who bus tables and cooks. This 25,000 member movement is fighting for better working conditions, benefits and better wages all across the US.

I met several organizers with the ROC at the US Social Forum held in Detroit years ago and was immediately impressed with their understanding of the issues and their commitment to fighting with other restaurant workers who are some of the most exploited in the US.

The private fundraiser that features Tomlin and Fonda states the following:

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