According to the Michigan Restaurant Association, there are nearly 16,000 eating and drinking establishments in Michigan that employ more than 420,000 restaurant and other food service workers in Michigan. The Metropolitan Detroit area is home to over 160,000 of these workers. With the surge of new restaurants in this area the number of restaurant workers will continue to grow.
We know with certainty that there are some restaurant owners that are great employers who pay their workers fairly and treat them with dignity and respect. Unfortunately, fair wages are not the industry standard and women and people of color are disproportionately relegated to the lowest paying jobs in the industry.
ROC recognizes that the changes needed in the restaurant industry, to create social and economic justice for all, will require the dedication and hard work of many – owners, workers, and consumers. This fight for a family sustaining wage (One Fair Wage), decent benefit packages - such as Earned Paid Sick Time, safe working conditions, and dignity and respect in the workplace, must be led by restaurant workers.
Effective leaders demonstrate the following traits and skills: Courage, Confidence, Dedication, Passion that inspires others to action, Focus, and most of the skills to: a.) properly dissect an issue, b.) develop strategies to address the issue, c.) determine the most appropriate course of action, and d.) and take direct action. The ROC-MI Leadership Development Institute is fully committed to teaching restaurant workers the skills necessary to become effective leaders.