WINDOWS ON THE WORLD SURVIVORS OPEN PHOTOEXHIBIT ON RESTAURANT WORKERS’ LIVES
The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), launched by former World Trade Center restaurant workers, commemorates the ten-year anniversary of the tragedy in anexhibition of photographs from restaurant workers’ eyes.
New York, NY
(October 13, 2011)
On September 11, 2001, 73 workers from Windows onthe World lost their lives. Survivors banded together to start the Restaurant OpportunitiesCenter, now a national organization or restaurant workers seeking improved wages andworking conditions.
On October 27, 2011, ROC will hold an opening reception for anexhibition of restaurant workers’ photographs at the Nathan Cummings Foundation,located at 475 Tenth Ave., 14
Floor, from 6:00-8:00pm
.The theme of the exhibition is ‘107 stories: through restaurant workers’ eyes’, signifying boththe fact that Windows on the World was located on the107
story of Tower Two at the WorldTrade Center, as well as the 107 stories of restaurant workers featured, that offer a snapshotof the restaurant worker movement born from the tragedy. Today, ROC has eight locations anda combined membership of nearly 8000 workers. Since its founding, ROC has:
Won ten workplace justice campaigns with more than $5 million in damages andsignificant policy changes in fine-dining restaurant businesses;
Partnered with 50 ‘high road’ employer partners around the country to promote the ‘highroad’ to profitability in the industry, open two worker-owned restaurants calledCOLORS, and train more than 2000 low-wage workers in livable wage restaurant jobskills; and
Published 15 reports on the restaurant industry, based on more than 5000 surveys of restaurant workers; worked with other organizations to win an increase to the New Yorkstate tipped minimum wage.