Last week, as part of the largest-ever Restaurants Advancing Industry Standards in Employment (RAISE) conference, more than 70 “high road” restaurateurs from around the country came together in Washington, D.C., to support One Fair Wage, speak out against the National Restaurant Association (NRA)’s toxic, anti-worker agenda, and tell Congress that the NRA does not represent restaurant owners committed to taking the high road to profitability. The week culminated with a major piece on One Fair Wage and sexual harassment in restaurants on 20/20.
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Check out the end-of-week clip on 20/20.
It was an incredible week. First, RAISE members, ROC United members, and allies took to the streets of Washington, D.C. to confront the National Restaurant Association (NRA) during their annual lobbying day, in which they take hundreds of corporate lobbyists from the nation’s top restaurant chains to Capitol Hill to lobby to keep the minimum wage for restaurant workers at $2.13 an hour. In the past, we’ve confronted the NRA to oppose their shameful agenda and force them to look into the faces of some of the very workers whom they hurt through their lobbying efforts. This year, in the face of our huge victory in stopping the NRA and President Trump from passing a rule that would have made tips the property of owners, the NRA decided not to even show up to their conference location. That’s right: they were too ashamed to even make an appearance. What a win for ALL of us!
Next, RAISE members headed to Capitol Hill to honor members of Congress and ally groups who helped pass bipartisan legislation to protect restaurant workers from the NRA’s attempt to steal their tips. Restaurant owners spoke passionately about the importance of One Fair Wage in the #MeToo moment.
In addition, in the middle of our event, this story was released by The Intercept. It reveals that the NRA ran a private poll on the minimum wage. It did not go well for them—and the poll results were leaked. The poll “found that seven in 10 Americans want to see the minimum wage raised even if it means that they’d have to pay more for meals. It also found that the industry’s various talking points against raising the wage are mostly falling flat with the general public.”
All of this is proof that we continue to gain ground and win victories as we fight for #1FairWage. Tell the NRA that #TimesUp on their underhanded and unfair practices that continue to keep hard-working people in poverty and in unsafe and oppressive situations: Donate Today.