The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) is a labor union front group disguised as a restaurant industry employment center and watchdog. ROC’s tactics have been compared to mob-style shakedowns; often employing intimidation and outright extortion in an effort to force restaurants into submission. Continue reading →

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Aug 19, 2014

Union authorizes strike, ROC rushes to the picket line

There was a time when ROC at least pretended it wasn’t just a union pawn. But with friends in the high places (namely the regulatory bodies that should be keeping worker centers like ROC in check), ROC has dropped the … Continue reading

Jul 31, 2014

ROC Michigan Bails on $363K Ballot Initiative

It should serve as a cautionary lesson for any group considering an investment in ROC or any of its affiliate chapters. Several months ago, ROC Michigan vowed that it would help put a minimum wage increase of $10.10 on the … Continue reading

Jul 24, 2014

Half-Baked Report Promotes Unionization, Exploits Hunger

While serious, scientific research is essential for understanding complex social issues, ROC has repeatedly used surveys to support its dubious agenda. The union-backed worker center decides which conclusion it wants to reach and backfills the result by canvassing whichever subset … Continue reading

Jul 8, 2014

ROC Wants Restaurants to Follow the COLORS’ Model: Closed for Business

Intrepid diners considering a visit to ROC’s flagship restaurant in New York City have even more reason to doubt whether a trip to COLORS is worth the hassle. The website for ROC’s model restaurant has been down for over a week, and … Continue reading

Jun 30, 2014

NPR anti-tipping piece proves damage that ROC’s war on tips will do to workers and consumers

National Public Radio recently did a piece against the tipped minimum wage, but inadvertently proved what the Restaurant Opportunities Center’s war on tips will do: kill jobs and raise prices. ROC’s Saru Jayaraman is quoted saying it is impossible for … Continue reading