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About National Restaurant Association

National Restaurant Association (NRA), founded in 1919, is an association for the restaurant industry that operates the NRA Show, food and safety training and certification program, career-building high school program, and the Kids LiveWell program promoting healthful kids' menu options.

Headquarters Location

2055 L St. NW Suite 700

Washington, DC, 20036,

United States

202-331-5900

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Latest National Restaurant Association News

Battle over ServSafe fees spills into federal court

Jan 23, 2023

Search Restaurant Business Food costs are down, but so are sales Ransomware shuts 300 Yum Brands restaurants in the U.K. Tacombi: The beachfront Mexican taco stand now making its way across the U.S. The story behind Killer Burger Battle over ServSafe fees spills into federal court The National Restaurant Association has been sued for using the proceeds to fund its lobbying. The plaintiffs want the practice stopped and reimbursement of the $15 that any employee paid for the course. By Peter Romeo on Jan. 23, 2023 The suit has been filed in U.S. District Court for Southern New York. / Photo: Shutterstock Assertions that the National Restaurant Association is tricking restaurant workers into paying for lobbying to hold down their wages have escalated into a federal court case. A lawsuit filed last week seeks to block the association from using proceeds from its ServSafe food safety certification to fund the group’s advocacy efforts. Disallowing the trade organization from tapping those funds would put a severe crimp in its ability to protect and promote the industry’s political and governmental interests. The suit also seeks reimbursement of the $15 course fee for restaurant employees who had to swallow the cost rather than having the expense covered by their employers. The percentage of workers who paid the charge themselves is unknown. More than 4 million restaurant employees have undergone ServSafe training. The suit is the latest effort by restaurant workers and labor advocates to portray ServSafe as a ploy for raising lobbying dollars rather than a widely used tool for protecting the public from foodborne illness. Virtually every jurisdiction that mandates food-safety training accepts ServSafe certification as a way of satisfying the mandate. It has an estimated 70% market share. The suit filed last week by two ServSafe alumni, Sean Gallagher and Piaget Ventus, flatly characterizes the training program as a ruse by the National Restaurant Association to generate revenues. “ServSafe is publicly marked [sic] as ‘training’ or ‘certification’ of basic hygiene and cleaning routines,” the complaint reads. “In actuality ServSafe is effectively a valueless service or product…rudimentary training of food handling and other tasks that would otherwise and ordinarily be common knowledge or learned on the job. “In actuality, ServSafe served as a source of revenue for ‘a nationwide lobbying campaign to keep [service workers]’ wages from increasing,’” the filing continues. The quote is from a 2014 report by the Restaurant Employment Opportunities Centers United, or ROC, an employee training group funded by Service Employees International Union, the nation’s second-largest labor union. ROC, in turn, is the benefactor of One Fair Wage, a labor advocacy group that’s pushing to kill the tip credit and have servers collect the full minimum wage directly from employers. One Fair Wage announced last week that it’s launching a $10 food-safety training program, called Just.Safe.Food, to compete with ServSafe. The venture is owned by an employee cooperative that will use the proceeds to fund lobbying for higher wages and ending the tip credit. One Fair Wage’s president, Jaru Jayaraman, characterized ServSafe as a scam during a conversation last week with podcasters from the website Crooked.com. She acknowledged going to The New York Times in hopes the revered news medium would do a story that revealed how ServSafe proceeds fuel the National Restaurant Association’s lobbying efforts, even though that’s been the case for nearly 16 years. Jayaraman also stated in the Crooked.com piece that her group intended to sue the association because most workers who pay for ServSafe training are unaware that the money could be used for lobbying. The Times indeed ran a story, entitled “How Restaurant Workers Help Pay for Lobbying to Keep Their Wages Low.” It noted, accurately, that the National Restaurant Association does not generate all of its funds from member dues, and that ServSafe fees end up in the kitty. It characterized ServSafe as a course that delivers simplistic if not inherently obvious safety guidelines that restaurant workers should follow, such as bathing daily and recognizing that a white wooly growth on strawberries is mold. It also cites experts’ assurances that the practice of using ServSafe funds for lobbying is not illegal. The article carried a dateline of Jan. 17. On the morning of Jan. 18, One Fair Wage announced the launch of Just.Safe.Food, with course descriptions and a website already in place. On the same day, the lawsuit from Gallagher and Ventus was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, a court known as one of the most liberal in the nation. The filing seeks class-action status. The New York Times told Restaurant Business that the rapid-fire sequence of events was a coincidence. “The Times does not share articles prior to publication, nor schedule the timing of our publications for any reason other than our own news judgments,” a spokespersom said in an email. The article failed to note the connections between One Fair Wage, ROC and the Service Employees International Union. Members help make our journalism possible. Become a Restaurant Business member today and unlock exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to all of our content. Sign up here . Want breaking news at your fingertips? Get today’s need-to-know restaurant industry intelligence. 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National Restaurant Association Acquisitions

2 Acquisitions

National Restaurant Association acquired 2 companies. Their latest acquisition was Winsight on June 24, 2021.

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6/24/2021

$99M

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2/11/2016

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National Restaurant Association Partners & Customers

10 Partners and customers

National Restaurant Association has 10 strategic partners and customers. National Restaurant Association recently partnered with American Culinary Federation on November 11, 2021.

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11/18/2021

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United States

National Restaurant Association Announces New Partnership with the American Culinary Federation

After a long history of collaboration , the National Restaurant Association has announced a new partnership with the American Culinary Federation that brings together North America 's largest professional organization of chefs and the leading business association for restaurants .

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3/3/2020

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United States

Food Waste Reduction Alliance Posted at March 03, 2020 in Press Releases by FWRAdev. New Report Provides Tips to Jump Start Food Waste Reduction Across Food Sectors.

The Food Waste Reduction Alliance is a collaborative effort of the Consumer Brands Association , the Food , and the National Restaurant Association .

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10/30/2019

Partner

United States

Food Waste Reduction Alliance Enters into Agreement with Federal Agencies’ ‘Winning on Food Waste Initiative’.

WASHINGTON , D.C. -- The Food -- founded by the Food Marketing Institute , Grocery Manufacturers Association and National Restaurant Association -- today announced a formal agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture , the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reduce food loss and waste through industry and agency-specific actions .

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10/3/2019

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United States

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3/3/2020

10/30/2019

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United States

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United States

United States

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National Restaurant Association Announces New Partnership with the American Culinary Federation

After a long history of collaboration , the National Restaurant Association has announced a new partnership with the American Culinary Federation that brings together North America 's largest professional organization of chefs and the leading business association for restaurants .

Food Waste Reduction Alliance Posted at March 03, 2020 in Press Releases by FWRAdev. New Report Provides Tips to Jump Start Food Waste Reduction Across Food Sectors.

The Food Waste Reduction Alliance is a collaborative effort of the Consumer Brands Association , the Food , and the National Restaurant Association .

Food Waste Reduction Alliance Enters into Agreement with Federal Agencies’ ‘Winning on Food Waste Initiative’.

WASHINGTON , D.C. -- The Food -- founded by the Food Marketing Institute , Grocery Manufacturers Association and National Restaurant Association -- today announced a formal agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture , the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reduce food loss and waste through industry and agency-specific actions .

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National Restaurant Association Team

4 Team Members

National Restaurant Association has 4 team members, including current Chief Executive Officer, President, Michelle Korsmo.

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Michelle Korsmo

Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, American Land Title Association, and U.S. Department of Labor

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Michelle Korsmo

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Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, American Land Title Association, and U.S. Department of Labor

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