Each time you purchase a good or patronize a service, you have a choiceand that choice makes a statement. Together with UUSC and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United), you can act on a deep commitment to workers' rights, ethical eating, and building a just economy by choosing to spend wisely, in alignment with your values when you dine out. You can choose compassionate consumption.

Did you know that 75 percent of Americans eat out at least once a week? This helps make the multibillion-dollar restaurant industry possible. The U.S. restaurant industry employs over 10 million workers nationwide and is one of the largest and fastest-growing sectors of the U.S. economy. But sadly, the restaurant industry also has a very high rate of workers'-rights violations.

We all enjoy eating out. But most of us would never know if the person serving our meal, bussing our table, or cooking our food faces poverty wages; unsafe working conditions; racial, ethnic, and gender discrimination; or working while sick on a regular basis. UUSC is partnering with ROC-United to improve wages and working conditions for these workers, and to involve restaurant consumers in helping make a better industry for all. And we need your involvement!

In this tool kit, you will find the following:

  • Background information on the ROC National Diners' Guide and why it's important
  • Step-by-step instructions for how to read the diners' guide
  • Suggested actions you can take to use the diners' guide as a tool to raise awareness and make a difference
  • Activities for a covenant group or religious education workshop

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