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California legislators gather to celebrate cleaning up carwash industry

May 07, 2014
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LOS ANGELES — Politicians convened on Tuesday to celebrate the unionization of 14 carwashes in the Southern California area, according to NBC Los Angeles.

An NBC4 investigative report from over 10 years ago was credited for helping clean up the carwash business in California. The report found things like wash owners paying workers well under minimum wage, as low as 80 cents an hour, the article noted.

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"They did some undercover reporting, investigative reporting, which they caught on videotape things like owners saying [to workers] 'don’t check in today, but work,'” said Jackie Goldberg, a former legislator who worked on a bill reforming the industry.

Union washes currently pay employees $8.16 an hour, which will raise to $9 in June. "Carwashes are not only finally giving employees respect and dignity. They are beginning to wash away years of injustice," said Goldberg.

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