A group of restaurant workers showed up at Councilman Joel Rivera's office today to urge him to hold a hearing on a bill that would help protect restaurant workers from abuses in the workplace. The Responsible Restaurant Act was introduced in the City Council on May 9 and would allow the city's health department to consider employment law violations when deciding whether to renew a restaurant's operating permit.
The Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY), a workers' rights group, and the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition co-sponsored a town hall meeting today at the Belmont Boulevard Apartments on East 185th Street, and organizers expected Rivera to attend. When he didn't show up, the group marched to his office on Southern Boulevard and presented his staff with over 200 "menus" signed by area residents that order the Council to take action on the bill.
The bill was referred to the Health Committee, which Rivera chairs, so advocates are now waiting for the councilman to set a hearing date.