Founded in 2008, ROC-Michigan is dedicated to winning improved working conditions and opportunities for advancement for Southeast Michigan’s 134,000 restaurant workers, many of whom work for low pay with little to no benefits.

Our members and leaders come from every part of the world and from every part of the industry – from dishwashers to servers, from fast food to fine dining.

We believe that good jobs with family-sustaining wages benefit workers, employers, and consumers.  We all have a stake in improving opportunities for those who work for our nation’s largest private employer – the restaurant industry.

ROC-Michigan is an independent chapter of ROC United, a national organization of over 10,000 restaurant workers.  ROC was originally founded in New York City by a group of restaurant workers who had formerly worked at the World Trade Center and were displaced by the 9-11 tragedy.

Together, we take action in our workplaces and in our communities to achieve a more just and equitable world.


311 E Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48226
Director: Dr. Alicia Renee Farris