Professional Carwashing & Detailing

Two carwashes in LA agree to Union’s terms

February 23, 2012

LOS ANGELES ­­— Vermont Carwash and Nava's Carwash, both based here, have agreed to the terms set forth by their Union member employees and both will now pay their workers $8.16 an hour, which is 2 percent more than they were being paid previously, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The Feb. 22 story said there are now three union carwashes in the United States including Santa Monica’s Bonus Carwash which unionized last November.

“This is the future of the labor movement," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said in the story. …This should be the headline: Carwash workers make history in L.A., and the labor movement and Los Angeles community stand shoulder to shoulder with them.”

It has been an ongoing battle to unionize carwash workers in the state of California after it was discovered many employees were being treated unfairly.

As Professional Carwashing & Detailing e-News has previously reported, the push to unionize was started by the Community-Labor-Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) under the umbrella of the United Steelworkers. So far the group has organized rallies, candlelight vigils, and pickets outside of carwash businesses. In November 2009, CLEAN designed a billboard on Sunset Boulevard which said, “Wash Away Injustice: Boycott Vermont Hand Wash.”