SANTA MONICA, CA — Officials are looking for ways to monitor carwashes with city contracts to make sure they pay fair wages and respect workers’ rights, the Santa Monica Daily Press reported.
The May 24 story stated that, in response to a lawsuit alleging offenses at three local carwashes, the mayor and city council members requested that city staff evaluate all carwashes in the running for any city contracts.
“As a city that values the dignified, fair treatment of workers, it’s only appropriate that we ask the carwashes, with which we contract to wash city vehicles, to follow the law,” Councilmember Kevin McKeown said in the story.
A dozen people attended the City Council meeting and spoke out in favor of more diligent monitoring, and this group included two plaintiffs from the class action lawsuit against the local carwashes. Both community members and city officials agreed that city staff could handle monitoring without the assistance of a third party or extra employees.
Finally, the city passed a motion that directed city staff to sign no contracts with carwashes for more than 30 days, and it said a plan must be created to properly monitor future contracts, including cost estimates.