Carwash workers at Vegas Auto Spa in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y., voted unanimously to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), an affiliate of the United Food and Commercial Workers, on Jan. 24. They have been on strike since late November over what they claim are stolen wages and unsafe working conditions.
Angel Rebolledo of Brooklyn, who has worked at Vegas Auto Spa for two years, said:
The boss treats us unfairly, and makes us sign papers that aren’t true, saying he’ll fire us if we don’t. He says that he pays his workers overtime, but he doesn’t. He claims that we make more tips than what we actually do.
This is the 10th New York City carwash where workers have voted to join the RWDSU as part of the WASH New York campaign. RWDSU President Stuart Appelbaum said:
We are showing this carwash operator, and all carwash operators in New York City, the power of the collective voice of workers.
The Brooklyn workers say they’ll stay on strike until a fair contract is signed.