Saru Jayaraman

Saru Jayaraman is the co-director of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, 2013).

Articles by this author

The history of policing in the United States is also deeply tied to the exploitation of Black workers. (Photo: Dave Bledsoe/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, June 19, 2020
Beyond Police Reform: Why We Must Transform Pervasive Systems of Economic and Carceral Injustice
This piece is a commentary, part of The Appeal’s collection of opinion and analysis. Since video emerged of George Floyd crying, “I can’t breathe” while Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin choked him to death with his knee, the world has erupted in public protests challenging systemic racism...
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Friday, February 14, 2014
The Other NRA: National Restaurant Association Eviscerates Rights of Customers, Workers, and Children
Food movement leaders tend to stick to their specific issues, whether it’s advocating for healthy food, fighting for workers’ rights or curbing marketing to children. For each of these issues, there are numerous food corporations that need to change. But there is one organization that conveniently provides us with one giant target for all of them: the National Restaurant Association.
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Raise the Sub-Minimum Wage
As the fast food workers’ minimum wage campaign gains momentum, another group of workers is expanding the fight to address one of the least-known economic outrages.
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