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Waging Change

A film by Abby Ginzberg

US | 2019 | 61 minutes | color | DVD | English | Order No. W191253 |

WAGING CHANGE shines an urgent light on the female driven movement to end the federal tipped minimum wage of $2.13 for restaurant workers.

SYNOPSIS

WAGING CHANGE shines a light on an American struggle hidden in plain sight: the movement to end the federal tipped minimum wage for restaurant workers.

Most Americans don’t know that the majority of people serving their food get paid a federal sub-minimum wage of only $2.13 an hour and are forced to depend on tips to feed themselves and their families. Women who rely on tips are also particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment. WAGING CHANGE weaves together the stories of workers struggling to make ends meet with the efforts of Saru Jayaraman of Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, who faces off against the powerful National Restaurant Association lobby and fights for one fair wage. Featuring Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others who have mobilized support for the movement, WAGING CHANGE reveals the important role consumers have to play in ending this two-tiered wage system which has already been abolished in seven states.

PRESS

“WAGING CHANGE is an eye-opening film for all those, faculty, students, citizens committed to social justice. It is a moral disgrace and economic exploitation of the lowest sort that we require tipped workers to be paid $2.13 an hour. It is time for all concerned with justice for working Americans to become educated about this issue, and Waging Change does just that!"

David Abraham, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Miami Law School

"WAGING CHANGE is a compelling look at the unfair employment practices suffered by millions of workers in America's tipped economy. It should be available in every college library. An essential film for understanding the way our economy really works, and who wins and loses in the process."

John Torpey, Presidential Professor of Sociology and History; Director, Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies Graduate Center, City University of New York

"To be a healthy nation, every person who can work needs to earn enough money to support themselves and be treated with dignity-let’s just start there."

Jane Fonda

"I feel great to be part of this campaign…everything you do to work for other people in the world, to make their lives a little fuller, a little easier, a little more secure, it’s meaningful."

Lily Tomlin

SCREENING HIGHLIGHTS AND AWARDS

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ABOUT FILMMAKER(S)

Abby Ginzberg

Abby Ginzberg, a Peabody award-winning director, has been producing compelling documentaries about race and social justice for over 30 years. WAGING CHANGE, a documentary about the challenges faced by tipped restaurant servers premiered at DOC NYC in 2019. AND THEN THEY CAME FOR US (2017), about the connection between the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WW II and the current Muslim travel ban won a Silver Gavel Award and has played in major cities across the country. It was broadcast on public television in 2019. Ginzberg co-produced and co-directed AGENTS OF CHANGE (2016; with Frank Dawson), which premiered at the Pan African Film Festival where it won the Jury and the Audience Awards for Best Feature Documentary. It was broadcast on America Reframed in 2018 and 2019. SOFT VENGEANCE: ALBIE SACHS AND THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA won a 2015 Peabody award and has screened at film festivals around the world, winning four audience awards. It was broadcast on public television in 2016. Ginzberg was also the Consulting Producer on THE BARBER OF BIRMINGHAM, which premiered at Sundance in 2011 and was nominated for an Oscar® in the Short Doc category in 2012 and was directed by Robin Fryday and Gail Dolgin. (12/19)

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