Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC)

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) grew out of a relief effort for the displaced employees of the Windows on the World restaurant in the World Trade Center tower destroyed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Within two years, ROC evolved into a vehicle for organizing and potentially unionizing (under the auspices of the Hotel Employees-Restaurant Employees union, now within the UNITE-HERE federation) non-union restaurant workers.

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