Restaurants Advancing Industry Standards in Employment
ONE FAIR WAGE is advancing policy, driving industry change, and shifting the narrative in order to ensure that all workers in America are paid at least the full minimum wage from their employers. The most powerful force driving subminimum wages in the United States is the National Restaurant Association (“The Other NRA”) which has lobbied for decades to keep the federal subminimum wage for tipped workers at a paltry $2.13 an hour. The Other NRA’s lobbying has resulted in tipped workers in 43 states receiving a subminimum wage — these workers include not only restaurant servers, bussers, hosts, bartenders, but also workers in nail salons, hair salons, car washes, airports, and parking lots. And now app-based companies like InstaCart, DoorDash, Uber and Lyft are also pushing for subminimum wages for their employees, arguing that their customer tips should count toward their workers’ payments. Subminimum wages are also paid to workers with disabilities, incarcerated workers, and teen workers in most states. One Fair Wage is calling for ‘No Worker Left Behind;’ that every person who works should be paid at least a full, fair minimum wage from their employer.
On April 24, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a first-in-the-nation Great Plates Delivered program. The program is designed to support adults 60 and older and adults 60-64 who are at high-risk from COVID-19, in staying home and staying healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and also provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat during the COVID crisis. The following Frequently Asked Questions provide guidance to any individual or local community impacted by this program and choosing to participate.
How does the program work?
Local administrators partner with multiple local food providers to deliver three (3) nutritious daily meals to qualified individuals enrolled in the program. Each community conducts outreach to known senior centersand senior populations to enrollqualified individuals in need. The program is locally managed to ensure needs of the communities within California are addressed.
Which food providers qualify for participation in the program?
Each local administrator determines which local food providers (e.g., restaurants, kitchens) are eligible to participate in the program. Selection is contingent on food provider’s ability to meet volume and nutritional standards; source local produce/meats (if able); meet cultural needs; and prioritize local jobs, worker retention, worker health and safety, and standards of equity and fairness in employment practices, wages, hiring, and promotion. 100% of meals must be supplied by a food provider not currently participating in a state or federal meal service program.
How long will the program run?
The program runs until May 10, 2020, which is the timeframe currently approved by FEMA. The state intends on requesting an extension for the Great Plates Delivered program.