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'Carwasheros' Sign Four New Union Contracts With Biggest Car Wash Owners in New York City

'Carwasheros' Sign Four New Union Contracts With Biggest Car Wash Owners in New York City

This just in from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU/UFCW):

In the space of 24 hours, four car washes—two of which are owned by two of the largest car wash owners in the city—have signed contracts with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). 

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Bronx Carwasheros Latest to Win Union Voice

Workers at another Lage-owned carwash who voted to unionize demonstrate for a fair contract. RWDSU photo.

Workers at the WCA Car Wash in Soundview in South Central Bronx, N.Y, voted unanimously to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Their victory builds on the momentum that has seen workers at seven New York City carwashes vote for a voice at work and two recent successful contract ratifications as part of the WASH New York campaign.

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An Even Sunnier Day at Bronx Carwash

(l to r back row) New York Communities for Change organizer Chio Valerio, RWDSU attorneys Liz Vladek and Larry Cary and RWDSU Assistant to the President David Mertz look on as Sunny Day worker Juan Campis signs new RWDSU contract.

Workers at Sunny Day Car Wash in the Bronx, N.Y., who joined the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) last year, ratified a three-year contract this week. The pact mirrors the contract the workers made with another carwash in Queens less than two weeks ago.

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Carwash Workers' Strike Wins Fired Co-Worker His Job Back

Photo courtesy: Joelk75

Workers at the Jomar Car Wash in Flushing, Queens, went on strike Saturday after one of their co-workers, Guillermo Anzures, was fired after an altercation with the business owner, Jose Pires, The New York Times reported. In April, workers at the carwash voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Since then, the workers claim their hours have been cut in retaliation, although the owners of the carwash deny that claim and state that the reduced shifts were based on reduced business.

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A First in New York: Queens ‘Carwasheros’ Win First Contract

WASH New York photo

Workers at a Queens, N.Y., carwash are the first “carwasheros” east of Los Angeles to win a collective bargaining agreement. The new contract, announced Tuesday by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), is a part of the union movement’s continuing effort to bring workplace justice to low-wage immigrant workers.

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Union Members @Work: Innovation

As we near the conclusion of this week’s launch of @Work, today we are spotlighting “Innovation,” one of the seven featured categories of the new AFL-CIO site.

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Gerard: Immigration Reform Prevents Employer Abuse

Oscar came to the United States at the age of 16 to work. There were no jobs for him in his native Guatemala, and he felt obligated to help support his parents.

He was lured across borders by the promise of work. He believed, as so many immigrants do, that there would be a job for him in America.

For the past five years, he has worked at a Los Angeles carwash that cheated him and other immigrant workers out of pay, refused protective gear and even denied drinking water.

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Add These to the List of Top 2012 News Stories

Photo courtesy of Antonio Villarigosa

In some year-end reviews of labor in 2012 (here and here), we see an important missed connection that the union movement is committed to building in 2013. While these reviews identify important worker struggles throughout the year, they fail to recognize that all workers—immigrant, public, private, low-wage and middle-class—share values and experiences that unite them in a broad-based union movement. A major theme of many of last year’s important labor struggles was how immigrant workers and the union movement came together in local communities to win justice.

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Cleaning Up: The Power of Community-Labor Partnerships


After years of organizing, Los Angeles carwash workers successfully negotiated contracts with three carwashes and gained workplace rights most workers should be able to take for granted: sick leave, access to health care, workplace safety, lunch breaks, living wages and respect. The carwash workers were successful, in large part, through the strength of community-labor partnerships.

In this video, Miguel, a carwash worker of 18 years, sees the power of community-labor partnerships in his experience organizing for workplace rights.

Check out the AFL-CIO's new Innovators website feature "Cleaning Up: The Power of Community-Labor Partnerships."

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Carwash Workers, Interpreters, Nurses and Others Join AFL-CIO Unions

NNU photo

In another victory for Southern California “carwasheros” seeking justice, respect and safe workplaces, the workers at Magic Clean carwash in Los Angeles this week voted to join United Steelworkers (USW) Local 675. The Magic Clean employees are the fourth carwash workforce to win their union as part of the CLEAN Carwash Campaign.

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