Another NY carwash votes to unionize
NEW YORK CITY — Employees of Webster Car Wash here voted 23-5 to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, the New York Daily News reported.
The Oct. 21 story stated that the employees cited low wages and harsh job conditions, and they hope the move will make the carwash “bosses” respect the workers more. The union’s president told the paper the vote was “like David slaying Goliath.”
One employee told the newspaper he has worked at the carwash for a year, and he makes $6 an hour, and he does not always earn enough tips to take home minimum wage.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is also investigating the carwash, one of 10 owned by “city carwash kingpin” John Lage. Lage is being looked at for wage and hour violations.
Lage did not return a call for comment, but his son and business associate said in April that the unions were trying to “siphon off a portion of our employees’ hard-earned pay through compulsory union dues.”
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