NYC workers ratify contract with carwash owner
NEW YORK — A group of workers that recently joined a union here have ratified a contract with the business's owner, the Huffington Post reported.
The May 28 story said this first happened in the state of California and this marks the first time it has happened in New York state.
Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said in the story that the workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the contract, which will increases wages to $9.18 (the current minimum wage is $7.25). The contract also grants sick and personal days as well as a grievance process for complaints.
"Our goal is to change the industry," Appelbaum said in the story. "This contract proves that low-wage immigrant workers are able to stand up for themselves and are going to stand up for themselves. I think that's enormous. I look at this contract as a breakthrough in this campaign to organize car washeros in New York and low-wage immigrant workers in the city."
The owners of the carwash have not spoken to the press.
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