Union Hypocrisy

Sep 25, 2017

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), a union advocacy group, wants to hire someone to “spearhead its campaign to raise the minimum wage for tipped workers.” The person the group wants to hire will be “entry level,” and be “an experienced legislative advocate [who will] live and breathe this campaign from now until the end of the New York State legislative session.” And rather than being an employee who is paid in union sized wages, the new hire will be an “independent contractor.” The Restaurant Opportunities Center has strenuously complained about companies that classify their workers as independent contractors. The group argues that companies use independent contractors to avoid benefits and job security. The ROC was the defendant is a 2013 lawsuit “in which eight former ROC employees filed suit against the organization for failing to pay them.” The ROC did not respond to a request for comment