California Carwashes Agree to $1 Million Back Pay
By Mike Hall
January 11, 2012
Workers at these car washes were taken advantage of
by unscrupulous employers who illegally denied them
the pay and benefits they earned. I am pleased that
the resolution of this case will allow workers to
receive the pay they are owed.
At least $800,000 of the settlement will go to workers
who were underpaid, according to court records. Other
parts of the settlement will pay taxes and penalties.
Click here for a copy of the settlement agreement.
Two of the washes in the agreement are Bonus Car Wash
in Santa Monica and Marina Car Wash in Venice, where
workers fought and won recognition with United
Steelworkers (USW) Local 675 last year. Says Local 75's
We are glad that the Attorney General is taking
seriously the issue of wage theft among car wash
workers. Workers have been waiting to be made whole
for past violations for years.
The workers there and at other Southern California
carwashes came together in the CLEAN Carwash Campaign
to fight for their rights. The CLEAN Carwash Campaign
is a coalition supported by the USW, the AFL-CIO and
more than 100 community, faith and labor organizations
in Los Angeles. For more information, click here.
More good news from the Clean Carwash Campaign: the
owner of Navas Car Wash in Marina Del Ray, the
successor company to BJ Car Wash, agreed to respect and
sign the union contract agreed to by the previous owner
and ratified in early November.
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