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ROC-NY, ROC the Bay, and USFSA Members Food Chain Workers Alliance and Food First Call Out Hunger in the Restaurant Industry

Posted: July 24, 2014 at 4:18 pm

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Today, ROC-NY along with USFSA members Food Chain Workers Alliance and Food First released a new report, Food Insecurity of Restaurant Workers, a first comprehensive look at food security and employment conditions of workers in the restaurant industry.

The report, based on over 280 surveys and interviews with restaurant workers in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, highlights the crucial ways in which restaurant workers’ employment conditions affect their ability to feed themselves.

The report found that:

  • An astonishing 41% of NYC restaurant workers surveyed were food insecure
  • 67% of undocumented restaurant workers surveyed were food insecure
  • Tipped workers in NYC were 30% more likely to be food insecure than their non-tipped counterparts.

While NY’s minimum wage is set to rise to $9 by 2016, tipped workers in New York earn a sub-minimum wage of just $5 per hour.   NY Governor Cuomo has the ability to raise tipped workers’ base pay administratively through a Department of Labor Wage Board.

Citing high rates of food insecurity among tipped restaurant workers, ROC-NY, FCWA, and allies are calling for an elimination of the sub-minimum wage through the Wage Board process.

TAKE ACTION. Support New York’s tipped workers by tweeting at Governor Cuomo. Urge him to appoint a wage board that will listen to the needs of NY’s tipped workers by eliminating the sub-minimum wage and ensuring #1FairWage in New York. UPDATE: Gov. Cuomo has convened the Wage Board. Join us in calling on the Wage Board to eliminate the sub-minimum wage! Here are sample tweets:

  • I join @ROC_NY in calling on @NYGovCuomo’s WageBoard to eliminate the sub #minwage & guarantee #1FairWage in #NY
  • New Study: tipped restaurant workers face high rates of #foodinsecurity. I call on @NYGovCuomo to ensure #1FairWage in #NY
  •  Cruel Irony: #NY‘s tipped workers struggle 2 feed themselves bit.ly/1nsVpTi Time 4 @NYGovCuomo‘s WageBoard to set #1FairWage

The full report is available HERE, and a NY-specific supplement that includes information about NY’s tipped workers is available HERE.


Celebrating International Day of Farmers’ Struggles

Posted: April 16, 2014 at 10:53 pm


The US Food Sovereignty Alliance launches its Seed Report on the International Day of Farmers’ Struggles in Defense of Peasants’ and Farmers’ Seeds. La Via Campesina, the largest social movement in the world, designated April 17 as a day to celebrate and support the struggles of farmers, rural people and their allies for justice and self-determination.

Read more and download the report here

Call to Action! World Food Day & Food Week of Action

Posted: February 7, 2014 at 10:46 am

The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) Calls on Individuals and Organizations to Celebrate World Food Day and the Food Week of Action!
World Food Day – October 16, 2014
Food Week of Action – October 12-19, 2014

World Food Day reminds us that everyone has the right to be able to feed herself and her family. Yet our current systems are depriving nearly a billion people around the world (and in the U.S.) of the basic necessity and dignity of sufficient, culturally appropriate and healthy food. 

So we must turn our unjust food and farming system upside-down and focus our energy, organizing and resources on rebuilding local food economies — everywhere! Therefore, the US Food Sovereignty Alliance joins with La Via Campesina, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and food sovereignty movements locally and globally to fight against multinational corporations responsible for privatizing seeds and for promoting chemical-dependent, industrial-scale forms of agriculture and fisheries that bankrupt, displace, and exploit fishers, farmers, farmworkers, and other food workers. At the same time, we celebrate and are mobilizing to establish a rainbow array of diverse and resilient communities and agro-ecological food production around the world.  

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Welcome to the US Food Sovereignty Alliance

Posted: February 7, 2014 at 8:31 am

The US Food Sovereignty Alliance (USFSA) works to end poverty, rebuild local food economies, and assert democratic control over the food system. We believe all people have the right to healthy, culturally appropriate food, produced in an ecologically sound manner. As a US-based alliance of food justice, anti-hunger, labor, environmental, faith-based, and food producer groups, we uphold the right to food as a basic human right and work to connect our local and national struggles to the international movement for food sovereignty.

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