Brooklyn Carwasheros Walk Off Job for Union Rights

Workers at Vegas Auto Spa in Park Slope, Brooklyn, in New York City, walked off the job this morning to protest the facility’s owner’s refusal to abide by their wishes to hold a union election. Workers and supporters – including RWDSU members, and members of community groups New York Communities for Change and Make the Road New York – then went to the National Labor Relations Board offices in downtown Brooklyn to testify at a hearing.

The trip to the NLRB followed a symbolic “strike vote” where workers pledged their desire to join the RWDSU.

The workers’ struggle for union rights has been ongoing, and in October eight Vegas Auto Spa employees sued the owner, claiming they are owed in excess of $600,000 in wages and damages due to non-payment of overtime and other violations. The workers claim they have been harassed, intimidated and have had their hours cut since filing the suit.

The RWDSU is asking the NLRB to hold an election, or for Vegas Auto Spa to recognize the union in accordance with the workers’ wishes. Workers at nine New York City car washes have already voted to join the RWDSU.

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