Saru Jayaraman – We the People: Workers Rising for Fair Wages

Before the 2016 election, workers were already rising up all over the country and have continued to do so even more now, joining the campaign for “One Fair Wage,” demanding higher wages and the elimination of lower wages for tipped workers. The movement helped torpedo Trump’s first Secretary of Labor nominee and is ramping up the fight for a $15/hour national minimum wage. Innovative, award-winning labor leader Saru Jayaraman says that, if we join together, we can end economic inequality in America. Director of the Food Labor Research Center at UC Berkeley, Saru co-founded the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, which has more than 25,000 worker members, 200 employer partners, and thousands of consumer members in a dozen states nationwide.

Introduction by Nina Simons, Bioneers Co-Founder.

This speech was given at the 2017 National Bioneers Conference. To learn more about Saru Jayaraman and to get involved in her campaigns, visit Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.

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