Yes, the Chicken is organic… but are the workers paid a living wage?


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..Next month will see the release of Saru Jayaraman’s first book, Behind the Kitchen Door, which challenges foodies who demand organic, fair-trade and free-range ingredients in their food to pay just as much attention to the people who do the majority of the work in the restaurants we patronize…

…Jayaraman discussed the conditions in the restaurant industry that soon came to the fore: “We did some research early on, in those early days,” she said, “and we found that the restaurant industry really is neck-and-neck with retail as the nation’s largest private-sector employer. It has over 10 million workers. An estimated 1 in 10 American workers are employed in the restaurant industry. It’s been one of the fastest growing [sectors of the economy], even during the economic crisis. But it also has 7 of the 10 lowest-paying jobs in America. Actually, the two absolute lowest-paying jobs in America are restaurant jobs: fast food cooks and dishwashers. Largely due to the power of the National Restaurant Association, which has been named the tenth-most-powerful lobbying group in Congress, the minimum wage for tipped workers has been stuck at $2.13 at the federal level for the last 21 years.”

via Do You Give As Much Thought to Restaurant Workers as You Do to Your Organic Chicken?.

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