Contact: Maria Myotte, maria [at] rocunited [dot] org

Statement from Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, on today’s cloture vote on the Fair Minimum Wage Act

“Today’s failure to move forward on raising the minimum wage demonstrates that despite low-wage workers having real champions in the Senate, like Senators Tom Harkin, Sherrod Brown, Kirsten Gillibrand, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren, among others, Congress is at the beckon call of corporations. The majority of those corporations are Fortune 500 restaurant companies that belong to the National Restaurant Association — a corporate lobby that ensures that the restaurant industry is home to the lowest paying jobs in the country year after year, and gets away with telling taxpayers to pick up the tab for their poverty wages.

“The public overwhelmingly supports raising the minimum wage. The majority of small business owners support raising the minimum wage. An increase to the regular and tipped minimum wage is absolutely going to happen. We’re going to continue to fight for an increase, and we’re taking it further by taking on state initiatives to eliminate the subminimum wage entirely to ensure all workers can depend on one fair wage.

Find the most comprehensive report to date on the National Restaurant Association “The Other NRA: Unmasking the Agenda of the National Restaurant Association” at:

Find ROC United’s full-page New York Times ad targetting the National Restaurant Association:


Co-founded by labor rights leader Saru Jayaraman (“One of the top 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry” – Nation’s Restaurant News) ROC United has grown to over 13,000 members across 26 cities in the US, winning 13 worker-led campaigns, totaling $7 million in stolen tips and wages.