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Update: Union employees return to work

February 12, 2013

NEW YORK — Union carwash workers returned to work here on Sunday afternoon after walking away from their jobs in protest, The New York Times reported.

The Feb. 10 story stated that on Sunday morning, workers at the Sixth Avenue Car Wash here in Greenwich Village put down their sponges and walked out.

This is the second time the employees have walked out to protest the sale of the carwash. The employees allege that the sale was an act of retaliation against workers who voted to unionize last year.

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The sale was finalized last June, but the employees were not told until Feb. 1. When the wash closes at the end of February, all 19 employees will be unemployed.

The carwash is a 24-hour operation that employs immigrant workers. Last year, it became the fifth carwash here to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

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This carwash was previously operated by Lage Management. Lage’s lawyer said in the story that the controlling interest of the carwash was sold 10 years ago.

The lawyer added in the story that the workers will not be moved to any of Lage’s other carwashes. Though Lage would be willing to consider applications from the laid-off workers, he currently does not have any job openings.

Read the entire article here.