Saru Jayaraman of the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley will present “Tipping Point: Why the Minneapolis Minimum Wage Debate Matters Nationally” on Tuesday, February 21, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in the 3M Auditorium.
In this talk, she will explore the little-known history of tipping in the United States, as well as the general history of the food industry and place contemporary minimum wage debates in Minneapolis and Minnesota in a national context of the fight to improve pay and working conditions for all workers. This includes illustrating how tip penalties impact workers in the 43 states that have them, and highlighting how women are disproportionately impacted and how wage theft is accelerated in a tip penalty environment when employers have the discretion to track tips.
Jayaraman is the co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC, which has organized restaurant workers to win workplace justice campaigns, conduct research and policy work, partner with responsible restaurants, and launch cooperatively owned restaurants. ROC now has 10,000 members in 19 cities nationwide.
Jarayaman is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was profiled in the New York Times “Public Lives” section in 2005, was selected as one of Crain’s “40 Under 40” in 2008, and was named one of New York Magazine’s Influentials of New York City. She is the author of Behind the Kitchen Door, a groundbreaking exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out.
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