On Sunday, over a dozen car wash workers didn’t report to their place of business. On Monday, their employers told them they were out of jobs. Workers were told that they would get one week of pay if they signed a letter of resignation. On Tuesday, they hit the picket lines.
WASH New York, a joint campaign between Make the Road New York and New York Communities for Change with support by the RWDSU, has joined the workers in this fight. Workers at Sunny Day Car Wash at 169 Lincoln Ave., near the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx, have had enough and want to unionize and fight for their rights as workers. This is the first strike launched in the nine-month history of WASH New York. With over 200 car washes in the city and about 5,000 low-wage employees, employees are aggressively pursuing an end to what they feel is illegal exploitation by their employers.
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