Activist and author Saru Jayaraman urges Americans to "speak up every time you eat out" to support the cause of restaurant worker justice the same way local and organic food movements made an impact in restaurants across America.
"If consumers asked, every time they ate out, to management, 'Love the food, love the service, I would love to see you provide paid sick days, as a consumer that’s important to me,' or 'I would love to see you do better on your wages, not pay $2.13*,' just before leaving, that could make a tremendous difference in moving the industry.
Watch the full interview with Jayaraman on this weekend's Moyers & Company.
* From the U.S. Dept of Labor: "An employer of a tipped employee is only required to pay $2.13 an hour in direct wages if that amount plus the tips received equals at least the federal minimum wage, the employee retains all tips and the employee customarily and regularly receives more than $30 a month in tips. If an employee's tips combined with the employer's direct wages of at least $2.13 an hour do not equal the federal minimum hourly wage, the employer must make up the difference."
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