November 17, 2020
Waging Change, a new documentary featuring Saru Jayaraman, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, who have been working tirelessly for One Fair Wage, weaves together the female driven movements that reveal an American workers’ struggle hidden in plain sight– the effort to end the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 for restaurant servers and bartenders and the #MeToo movement’s efforts to end sexual harassment. The film shines a spotlight on the challenges faced by restaurant workers trying to feed themselves and their families by intertwining stories of individuals, such as Nataki Rhodes of Chicago, Andrea Velasquez of Detroit and Wardell Harvey of New Orleans with the growing movement to end the tipped minimum wage, spearheaded by One Fair Wage and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC-United). Directed by Peabody award winner, Abby Ginzberg, Waging Change helps all consumers see the important role they have to play in ending this two-tiered wage system.
The coronavirus epidemic has revealed the extreme challenges confronted by tipped restaurant workers and other tipped workers such as car service drivers and delivery workers.
We hope you will consider helping those who have lost their jobs and their livelihoods by donating to the One Fair Wage Emergency Fund, which is providing cash assistance to tipped workers in need, many of whom will not qualify for unemployment benefits. To date, over 60,000 workers have applied to the Fund for help.