On the cover of this book, we have the words, "A must-read for anyone who eats at restaurants." - Danny Glover
This book is from the United Methodist Women Reading List for 2015. It is listed in the Social Action category and is a bonus book, meaning it counts as two books for Social Action.
With the founding of the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) in April 2002, the plight of restaurant workers has begun to demand attention. This book gives attention to wages, working conditions, benefits, and opportunity for advancement by those who work "in the back." Those of us who eat in restaurants have the right - and obligation - to ask questions regarding policies of the place where we are eating.
With a basic wage of less than $2.15 an hour, dishwashers and bussers receive a meager share of the tips that are left by the diners. The typical restaurant worker earns about $15,000 a year, about 1/3 the income of the average worker. It seems to me that this is an industry that definitely needs reform! This book is truly an "eye-opener!"
Perhaps some of you have worked waiting on tables in a restaurant - or even as a dishwasher. I did not ever have this experience. Reading this book hasn't made me wish I had, either!