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First carwash union celebrates renewal of contract

June 30, 2014
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LOS ANGELES — The Bonus Car Wash union was the first of its kind in this country, and celebrated its contract renewal on Friday, according to the Santa Monica Daily Press.        

The original contract was signed in 2011, and now, three years later, there are several dozen unionized carwashes in the U.S.

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“The original labor pact at Bonus gave workers a wage increase, grievance and arbitration procedures, and compliance with health and safety laws — critical in an industry in which workers handle harsh detergents and chemicals — including providing workers with safety equipment and clean drinking water,” said Gabriella Rosco, a representative for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice Los Angeles (CLUE LA).

The new contract, she continued, provides workers with wage increases and seniority rights for employees.

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CLUE LA, notes the article, has been pushing for two other washes in the area to unionize, but has had no success as of yet.

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