NYCCLC – Car Wash Workers Organize in NYC

With a broad coalition of car wash workers, elected officials, labor leaders, and activists, WASH New York—Workers Aligned for a Sustainable and Healthy New York—unveiled the report in front of Metro Car Wash in Rego Park, Queens, a car wash exemplifying some of the worst practices in the industry. Called The Dirty Business of Cleaning NYC’s Cars, the report is based on months of in-depth interviews and meetings with 89 car wash workers at 29 car washes around the city, a representative sampling.

On wages, hours, and benefits, the key findings are as follows: more than 71 percent of the workers were on the job at least 60 hours a week, with some putting in as many as 105 hours; 75 percent didn’t receive any overtime pay for exceeding 40 hours; 66 percent reported being paid less than the minimum wage; over 40 percent reported getting only 15 minute or less breaks for lunch; and not a single car wash worker received paid sick days. Only one worker interviewed was offered any kind of health care.

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Check out the WASHNY website here!

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