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Fast Food Protest Group Denies Its Own Workers The Right To Protest

March 25, 2014 by  

This article, written by William Patrick, appeared on Watchdog.org on March 25.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Workers and organized labor groups took to protesting fast food companies last week in a multi-state effort to build public support for a $15 an hour minimum wage hike.

But a peek into one group’s own labor contract reveals a delicious irony.

The Restaurant Opportunities Center United, which claims the support of 13,000 restaurant workers and with at least 11 affiliates across the country, forbids its own workers from protesting against management.

“It is mutually agreed that there shall be no strikes, lock-outs, sit downs, sit ins, slowdowns, sympathy strikes,­ picketing, stoppage or interruption of work, or direct or indirect interference or interruption of the operations of the Employer during the term of this Agreement,” states a two-year collective-bargaining agreement dated Jan. 4, 2013.

What’s more, ROC employees are represented in the collective-bargaining agreement by the Newspaper Guild of Greater Philadelphia. The guild, or labor union, represents seven newspapers, including The Philadelphia Inquirer.

“We represent a wide variety of newspaper employees … and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers coordinators in Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Miami,” reads the guild’s website.

Mike Paranzino, communications director for a labor watchdog called ROC Exposed, said it makes sense for ROC to show it’s open to unionization. But for its employees to choose a newspaper guild is another story.

“I’ve never seen a reporter who’s represented by the same union disclose a conflict of interest when writing about labor issues,” Paranzino told Watchdog.org.

ROC Miami receives support from its parent organization, which, in 2009, received $275,000 in federal taxpayer grants from the U.S. Department of Labor after misleading the Internal Revenue Service about its tax-exempt status. The group also received  $180,000 in government grants during 2010 and another $60,000 in similar grants during 2011, according to investigative reporter Eric Boehm.

A protest video filmed outside of a Miami-area McDonald’s March 18 features Jean Souffrant, ROC Miami’s research and policy coordinator.

“Today we stand in solidarity with all the workers nationally who are fed up with low wages and CEOs getting paid billions of dollars,” Souffrant said.

The push for $15 an hour is backed in part by the Service Employees International Union and would double Florida’s minimum hourly rate of $7.93. That’s higher than the federally mandated minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

Souffrant, who told Watchdog.org last year that ROC Miami is “on the forefront of talking to (state) legislators and doing grassroots lobbying,” said he is fed up with fast food companies making billions of dollars in profits while workers receive poverty-level wages.

Franklin Center

for Government & Public Integrity, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting new media journalism, started the Watchdog.org project in September 2009. The project is a collection of independent journalists covering state-specific and local government activity.

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