Much is said about the great news of growth and development in Columbus, Ohio. Specifically in core areas of development where there is a concerted effort to bring new people to the city to live, eat at restaurants and take advantage of the growing number of businesses flourishing in the city.
At the same time, the Central Ohio Worker Center (COWC) is well aware of the disparities of income and prosperity in the working class and poor of Columbus. In particular, there are many workers who are not represented around their worker rights. Often, these workers have 2-4 jobs that they juggle in order to survive. These workers often experience wage theft and worker injustice. They have nowhere to go when this happens and many times fear losing their jobs if they complain. Further, if there are issues in these work places, there is seldom empirical data to back up worker claims.
In 2017, COWC will collect over 500 surveys talking 1-on-1 with restaurant workers compiling aggregate data on wages, conditions, and trends in the restaurant industry from the workers' perspective.
Groups of volunteers are canvassing high-density restaurant areas every week, please join us!