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The Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York emerged out of organizing by the surviving workers of Windows on the World, the restaurant on top of the World Trade Center North Tower.

First came Colors, a cooperatively owned restaurant in Lower Manhattan. Restaurant Opportunities Center of NY was formed soon after as a way to expand their mission: to protect restaurant workers’ rights and protections. Along with its advocacy — fighting for paid sick days for restaurant workers in New York City — ROC-NY also honors “high road” restaurateurs who create respectful and just workplaces.

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Tirelessly, every day, the staff at ROC-NY are working to ensure that anytime one of us goes out to eat in New York, we don’t have to worry about the working conditions of the people who serve us our food or wash our dishes. Find out if your community has a ROC by visiting ROC United.