Another Flawed Union-Backed Study Scheduled for Release Tomorrow

Another Flawed Union-Backed Study Scheduled for Release Tomorrow

Washington, DC – Tomorrow, the Restaurant Opportunities Center, a union-backed front group posing as a worker training and research institute, will release a new “study,” similar to a Fast Food Forward report released earlier this year that quickly was exposed as a sham because it was conducted online and based on a faulty data set.  Similarly, the latest ROC “survey” was advertised online through social media and conducted online via Survey Monkey without any screening of the respondents.  Anyone could have logged on, multiple times in fact, and responded to the survey.  The sample was not randomized and respondents may or may not have been answering truthfully.  According to the National Science Foundation, “When conducting a survey, how a researcher selects participants is just as important as how many participate.”
The first substantive question, question 7, entitled “Your experience with managers and owners” leads with “Restaurant workers experience a range of poor treatment at work that are not their fault. We are going to ask you about a range of experience you may have experienced from an owner or manager, a coworker, or a restaurant guest, and how you responded to each.”  The survey is clearly expressing to the respondent that the expectation is a response related to “poor treatment.”  The online survey continues leading respondents by asking them to characterize their “negative experiences” by selecting from a list of options.  Again, according to the National Science Foundation,  “One can be reasonably sure a survey is not scientific if questions are biased-that is, designed to elicit the answers that the survey’s sponsors want to get.”
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“The survey doesn’t even begin to meet the basic qualifications to be considered scientific,” said Ryan Williams of Worker Center Watch. “Unions, and front groups like ROC, cook up these so-called studies to
support unionization campaigns and lobbying efforts.”
ROC serves as part of a larger coalition pushing a minimum wage hike on behalf of unions.  Worker Center Watch published an op-ed last week that explored how minimum wage efforts prop up union organizing campaigns.  ROC’s
focus is on attacking the practice of tipping.
“Everyone should think twice before gobbling up ROC’s half-baked reports and studies,” Williams said. “The organization has a history of misrepresenting the facts, which has landed them under Congressional investigation.”