Mayor de Blasio and the city’s other top office holders threw the full support of city government behind the effort to unionize car wash workers Wednesday night.
De Blasio headlined the Car Wash Workers Assembly hosted by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, which has own votes to unionize at eight car washes and aims to organize the whole industry.
The workers were buoyed by a recent settlement by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for $4 million in wages allegedly ripped off from so-called “carwasheros” by their bosses.
“This victory is even bigger because it says in this city, in this state, that workers cannot be exploited, workers will not be exploited. We will not let it happen,” de Blasio said.
He cast the effort as part of his own agenda to combat inequality.
“This is part of a bigger fight,” he said. “This is the progressive city that we will built together, and it will be my honor to fight shoulder to shoulder with you – many, many victories ahead.”
His remarks followed similar congratulatory speeches by each of the three other citywide office holders, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Controller Scott Stringer, and Public Advocate Letitia James.
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