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Four Carwashes Ratify Union Contracts 
The Epoch TimesOctober 17, 2013 – The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) said in an statement that four car washes signed union contracts in a 24-hour period. Two of the car washes are owned by one of the city’s largest car wash owners, John Lage. Read more.
Bronx Car Wash Workers Walk Off Job Over Union Fight 
CBS New YorkSeptember 28, 2013 – Workers Claim Retailation After They Voted To Join Union Read more.
Bronx Carwasheros Latest to Win Union Voice 
PortsideJuly 25, 2013 – Workers at the WCA Car Wash in Soundview in South Central Bronx, N.Y, voted unanimously to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Read more.
Car wash employees in Queens and the Bronx protest working conditions 
New York Daily NewsJuly 12, 2013 – Workers at Jomar Car Wash and Rico Pobre Car Wash are attempting to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. Read more.
Bronx Sunny Day Car Wash signs union contract with workers 
New York Amsterdam NewsJune 25, 2013 – Ending a 13-week strike, workers at Sunny Day Car Wash in the Bronx ratified a three-year contract on June 4 in another victory for the WASH New York campaign. Read more.
RWDSU Takes Lead Organizing Carwash Workers 
Labor PressJune 17, 2013 – JAMAICA, NY — Workers at the Sutphin Car Wash in Jamaica joined with community leaders on Saturday to demand that Sutphin owners Fernando Magalhaes and John Lage negotiate a fair union contract. Read more.
Bronx Car Wash Signs Union Contract With Workers 
Labor PressJune 7, 2013 – BRONX, NY – A second New York City carwash has signed a contract with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), capping a struggle that included a 13-week strike by workers to get their jobs back after walking out because carwash owners fa Read more.
MRNY Celebrates Breakthrough in Car Wash Organizing Campaign 
The IndypendentMay 31, 2013 – New York, NY (May 29, 2013) – Workers at the Hi-Tek Car Wash & Lube in Queens have made history by voting to ratify the first union contract of any car wash in New York City. Read more.
Workers ratify city’s first car-wash labor contract 
Crain’s New YorkMay 29, 2013 – A Queens car wash has become the first in the city to ratify a contract with unionized workers. Read more.
Queens car wash workers sign groundbreaking union contract 
MetroMay 29, 2013 – The first car wash workers to unionize in New York City are now also the first to ratify a contract with their employer in an agreement that could mark a big step in an industry that has historically exploited immigrant workers.Read more.
A First in New York: Queens ‘Carwasheros’ Win First Contract 
AFL-CIOMay 29, 2013 – Workers at a Queens, N.Y., carwash are the first “carwasheros” east of Los Angeles to win a collective bargaining agreement. The new contract, announced Tuesday by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), is a part of the union movement’s Read more.
Workers at Queens car wash are first in city to sign union contract 
New York Daily NewsMay 28, 2013 – The three-year deal at Astoria Car Wash & Hi-Tek 10 Minute Lube mandates a series of raises and other benefits for the 21 immigrant “carwasheros” and nine oil changers. Read more: Read more.
Car Wash Workers Ratify First Union Contract In New York City
Huffington PostMay 28, 2013 – In a move that labor union officials said may be industry-changing, recently unionized car wash workers in New York City have ratified a contract with their employer, marking the first collective bargaining agreement in the U.S. car wash industry outside Read more.
Once again, May Day is a time for workers to stand up and speak out in defense of their rights 
New York Daily NewsMay 1, 2013 – Today, the most important holiday for workers around the world, thousands of working men and women across he U.S. will rally, march and occupy against injustices and in defense of their rights. Read more.
Sixth New York City Car Wash Joins Union 
Epoch TimesApril 28, 2013 – NEW YORK—A Thursday night vote for Queens car wash workers ended in a 23–1 count to unionize. Twenty five employees of Jomar Car Wash in Flushing will join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). The next step will be to negotiate a labo Read more.
Low-Wage Workers Unite 
The NationApril 18, 2013 – From the Bronx to Brooklyn, workers at car washes and fast food joints are finding ways to fight for their rights. Read more.
Workers Who Protested Sale of Carwash Will Get New Jobs 
New York TimesFebruary 20, 2013 – Less than two weeks ago, workers at the Sixth Avenue Car Wash in Greenwich Village dropped their sponges and walked out for several hours, protesting the owners’ decision to close the shop, a move they saw as retaliation for their recent decision to union Read more.
Employees Walk Out Over Sale of Carwash 
New York TimesFebruary 10, 2013 – On a typical post-snowstorm weekend, the Sixth Avenue Car Wash in Greenwich Village is all bustle and business, with as many as 400 cars passing through the brick building between sunrise and sunset, according to employees. Read more.
Car Wash Mogul Plans to Shut His SoHo Location and Wash 19 Newly-Unionized Workers Off the Payroll 
New York Daily NewsFebruary 10, 2013 – “John Lage, respect your workers,” read a sign carried by one of the nearly 50 workers and union members who rallied Wednesday morning outside Lage Car Wash Inc., in SoHo. Read more.
New York City’s ‘Carwasheroes’ 
Amsterdam NewsDecember 20, 2012 – In December, employees at Sunny Day Car Wash in the Bronx became the fifth group of car wash workers in New York City to vote to join the RWDSU. Read more.
Another Car Wash Votes to Unionize 
New York Daily NewsDecember 11, 2012 – Balloting is disputed by management, but ‘carwasheros’ at Bronx workplace are the fifth to unionize Read more.
More car wash workers vote to join RWDSU 
Amsterdam NewsNovember 29, 2012 – The demand for decent wages and safer working condition continues for car wash workers in New York City. Read more.
Jamaica Car Wash Workers Unionize 
Queens ChronicleNovember 29, 2012 – Workers at one Jamaica car wash believe they have taken an important step forward in ensuring that they are treated fairly, paid adequately and work under safe conditions, by unionizing. Read more.
Jamaica Car Wash Workers Join Union 
Queens TribuneNovember 29, 2012 – Nine months after launching the Citywide Workers Aligned for a Sustainable and Healthy New York campaign to fight mistreatment in the car wash industry, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union has achieved a new milestone. Read more.
Labor dispute at Sunny Day Car Wash in Bronx clouds the holiday season for picketing workers 
New York Daily NewsNovember 27, 2012 – Local pols join protesting carwasheros to demand their jobs back Read more.
Car Wash Workers Wipe Away Brushoff 
New York Daily NewsNovember 19, 2012 – They are finding courage to take action against abusive bosses Read more.
Bronx car wash workers decide to strike 
Amsterdam NewsNovember 19, 2012 – 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. Read more.
Wash workers picketing Bronx business 
Carwash.comNovember 15, 2012 – Employees that are picketing Sunny Day Car Wash here gained a small victory in court yesterday, the New York Daily News reported.Read more.
Picketing Bronx car wash workers score victory as judge turns down owner’s restraining order 
New York Daily NewsNovember 14, 2012 – More than a dozen immigrant ‘carwasheros’ have been picketing for days in front of Sunny Day Car Wash on Third Ave., saying they want to join a union and are owed weeks in unpaid wages. Read more.
Bronx car-wash workers at Sunny Day Car Wash walk off job in pay spat 
New York Daily NewsNovember 13, 2012 – The workers say they want to unionize and that they haven’t been paid in weeks. Read more.
Movement to unionize car wash workers gains momentum 
New York Daily NewsOctober 24, 2012 – Demanding to be paid minimum wage with overtime and sick days, workers at Bronx car wash owned by car wash mogul John Lage have voted to join a union Read more.
Bronx Car Wash Workers say “YES UNION!” 
UnionosityOctober 23, 2012 – Efforts to organize New York City’s 200 or so carwashes gained steam this weekend, with Webster Car Wash in the Bronx becoming the second unionized car wash in the city. Workers voted 23-5 to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. Read more.
Cleaning Up – More Car Wash Workers Vote to Unionize 
LaborpressOctober 23, 2012 – Exploited car wash workers in New York City continue to buck anti-union sentiment nationwide by doing something they have never done before: organize. Read more.
Bronx carwash workers vote to unionize 
Wall Street JournalOctober 22, 2012 – Workers at a Bronx carwash have voted to unionize. They’re the second group of New York City carwash workers to join a union. Read more.
Challenging Owners to Raise Wages, Workers at a Second Carwash Vote to Unionize 
New York TimesOctober 21, 2012 – Maintaining that they face widespread minimum-wage violations, workers at a Bronx carwash belonging to one of the city’s largest carwash owners voted to unionize on Saturday, making it the second of New York City’s 200 or so carwashes where workers joined Read more.
Workers at Bronx car wash vote yes for union 
New York Daily NewsOctober 21, 2012 – Employees at Webster Car Wash in Fleetwood voted 23-5 Saturday to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. The Webster Ave. wash is the second in the city to unionize. Read more.
At Hi-Tek Car Wash, sending a message of change to low-wage workers 
Amsterdam NewsOctober 4, 2012 – In September, workers at Astoria Car Wash & Hi-Tek 10 Minute Lube in Queens scored a historic victory, becoming the first car wash workers on the East Coast to join a union. Read more.
Car Washers First In City To Unionize 
Queens TribuneSeptember 13, 2012 – Last month, workers at the Hi-Tek Car Wash & Lube, located at 83-01 24th Ave. in Elmhurst, gathered together to rally against unfair labor practices. Read more.
Queens Car Wash Workers Unionize 
Queens ChronicleSeptember 13, 2012 – Employees at an East Elmhurst car wash joined a union on Saturday, becoming the first in the city in this industry to do so, organizers said.Read more.
Qns. Car Wash Goes Union 
New York PostSeptember 10, 2012 – A Queens car wash is the first in the city to be unionized.Read more.
Queens carwash workers vote to join union 
Wall Street JournalSeptember 10, 2012 – Workers at a Queens carwash have voted to join a union. It marks the first time carwash workers in New York city have agreed to join a union. Read more.
Workers at Queens car wash form the city’s first car washers union 
New York Daily NewsSeptember 9, 2012 – ‘Carwasheros’ say they are underpaid, badly treated, and can lose a whole day’s pay if business is slow Read more.
Queens Carwash’s Employees Are First in City to Join Union 
New York TimesSeptember 9, 2012 – Workers at a carwash in Queens have overwhelmingly voted to join a union, organizers said Sunday, in the first major victory in a six-month effort in New York City to unionize workers in an industry the organizers say is rife with labor law violations. Read more.
The Dirty Business of Cleaning Cars 
Brooklyn RailSeptember 3, 2012 – Like most immigrants, Jose Oscar left his native El Salvador looking for a better life, a way to support his two children and aging parents. He didn’t expect America’s streets to be paved with gold and didn’t expect dollar bills to be hanging from trees. Read more.
At Protest Against Hi-Tek Car Wash, Former Workers Threaten Boycott 
Sheepshead BitesAugust 13, 2012 – Irate workers rallied in front of Hi-Tek Car Wash in Brighton Beach on Thursday afternoon, claiming management cut their work hours and reduced pay after employees, former employees, and union activists began targeting the local business. Read more.
Unions rally for car washers 
Times LedgerAugust 10, 2012 – Immigrant rights advocates and union members from across the city joined employees of an East Elmhurst car wash last Thursday to demand better wages and working conditions. Read more.
Workers at Brighton Beach carwash mull boycott in beef over a slashed hours 
New York Daily NewsAugust 9, 2012 – Immigrant “carwasheros” say boss cut hours after wage lawsuit was filed Read more.
Bronx carwash worker will be among thousands of laborers at rally and march to Union Square Tuesday 
New York Daily NewsJuly 23, 2012 – Low-wage workers will join with union employes for Day of Action Read more.
Judge soaks Bx. owner of car wash 
New York Daily NewsJuly 16, 2012 – A Bronx car-wash owner who failed to pay his workers minimum wage will spend weekends in jail for the next four months. Read more.
Lawsuit claims Brighton Beach car wash workers got hosed on pay 
New York Daily NewsJune 27, 2012 – Hi-Tek Car Wash crews say the company paid less than minimum wage, grabbed tips and stiffed them on overtime Read more.
Car Wash Politics 
Politicker.comMay 25, 2012 – Organizers have been ramping up their efforts to change the way car washes treat their workers in New York City, and judging from recent events, it seems that they’ve generated a bit of momentum. Read more.
Bronx car wash workers file lawsuits against employer for unpaid wages as campaign targets dirty industry 
New York Daily NewsMay 25, 2012 – Undocumented workers say they’re being preyed upon Read more.
Proposed bill would require carwash licensing 
Professional Carwashing and DetailingMay 3, 2012 – A bill that would force carwash operators to obtain an annual license or face up to a $15,000 fine was introduced by local lawmakers here, according to Crain’s New York Business. Read more.
City Council cracks down on car washes 
Crain’s New YorkMay 2, 2012 – To improve working conditions, lawmakers push for annual licensing of the city’s 200 car-wash operators. Fines could reach $15,000 a year.Read more.
City Council to Clean Up New York City’s Car Washes 
90.7 WFUVMay 2, 2012 – The New York City Council is looking to clean up the city’s car wash industry. Read more.
City Council Bill to Regulate Car Washes 
Transportation NationMay 2, 2012 – New York City City Council members have introduced legislation that would require all car washes register for a license with the Department of Consumer Affairs. Read more.
New York lawmakers want more regulation of car wash business 
New York Daily NewsMay 2, 2012 – Accusations of labor law violations Read more.
The Road to Minimum Wage 
WNYC – The Brian Lehrer ShowApril 13, 2012 – Hilary Klein, lead organizer of Make the Road New York, and Luna Ranjit, executive director of Adhikaar, a Queens-based Nepalese support group, talk about their efforts to organize service workers, like manicurists and car wash attendants, for minimum wag Read more.
Report from the April 11, 2012 press conference 
WBAI Evening NewsApril 12, 2012 – Linda Perry of the WBAI Evening News reports on the harsh conditions of car wash workers in New York City and how the Taxi Workers Alliance and the Machinists Union are calling upon their drivers to boycott carwashes where workers are being abused. Read more.
Labor Advocates Demand Improved Conditions For Car Washers 
NY1 NewsApril 11, 2012 – Car washers, taxi workers, livery cab drivers and union leaders showed up on Manhattan’s West Side Wednesday to put pressure on car wash owners they say are abusing workers. Read more.
It’s hardly a wash for car-clean kingpin 
Crain’s New York BusinessApril 11, 2012 – City’s largest car-wash chain, the main target of a union campaign that claims workers are cheated, now faces the threat of a boycott by some of its best customers: taxi and limo drivers. Read more.
Public Advocate Urges City Agencies To Stop Using Allegedly Exploitive Car Wash Company 
NY1 NewsApril 9, 2012 – Public Advocate Bill de Blasio wants city agencies to stop spending money at a car wash company that he says has a history of mistreating its workers. Read more.
Public Advocate Bill De Blasio says city should cut business ties with car wash in labor probe 
New York Daily NewsApril 9, 2012 – City paid Lage Management Corp. $170G for cleanings despite investigation alleging it cheated workers out of wages Read more.
Workers asking Sutphin wash to clean up act 
Times LedgerApril 5, 2012 – Advocates for workers’ rights said they have some dirt on a Jamaica car wash and that management should come clean. Read more.
UnitedNY, New York Communities for Change and Make the Road NY visit workers looking to unionize 
New York Daily NewsApril 4, 2012 – Pro-labor coalition calls out employers who discourage organizing among workers Read more.
WASH New York group campaigns to clean up labor abuses in car wash industry 
New York Daily NewsApril 1, 2012 – Coalition fighting for rights of exploited immigrant workers Read more.
En Queens: Inmigrantes exigen trato y salario justo 
El DiarioMarch 29, 2012 – Alegan que su patrono los “trata mal, algunas veces nos grita y ganamos menos del mínimo” Read more.
Mexican immigrant Adan Nicolas says city’s car-wash workers being mistreated 
New York Daily NewsMarch 26, 2012 – Nicolas claims unfair wages and abuse at LMC Car Wash in Queens Read more.
State probes whether New York car-wash kingpin John Lage cheated workers out of wages 
New York Daily NewsMarch 26, 2012 – Exclusive: Workers claim bizman pays employees $5.50 per hour – $1.75 less than legal minimum Read more.
Coalition Aims to Clean Up Car Washes in Our Neighborhoods 
Amsterdam NewsMarch 22, 2012 – Edilberto Rojas-Rosas is a 25-year-old father of two struggling to support his family on the $378 he brings home weekly for working 72 hours at an East Harlem car wash. Read more.
Car Wash Workers Sick & Tired Of Being Hung Out To Dry 
WBAI Building BridgesMarch 20, 2012 – Car wash workers, one of the most exploited of the low-wage worker groups have had enough of their wage and hour violations, and the unsafe working conditions at Sutphin Car Wash in Jamaica, Queens, LMC Car Wash in East Harlem, and other car washes across Read more.
Car Wash Workers Pick New Target 
Crain’s New YorkMarch 16, 2012 – Stepping up their campaign to improve working conditions, workers and organizers will take aim at a car-wash chain that’s been in trouble before. Read more.
East Harlem car wash workers to confront owner over conditions and pay 
New York Daily NewsMarch 15, 2012 – Workers charge low pay, long hours and exposure to dangerous chemicals Read more.
Car Wash Industry Awash in Labor Violations 
Labor PressMarch 12, 2012 – Unwilling to rest on his laurels, Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, whose union was instrumental in the Living Wage NYC Campaign to raise the wages for workers working on development projects receiving weight Read more.
RWDSU launches campaign for NYC car wash workers after devastating report 
People’s WorldMarch 12, 2012 – The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union is launching a campaign to bring workers’ rights – including the right to organize – to some 5,000 car wash workers in New York City, following a devastating report on wages and working conditions those emp Read more.
NY Daily News Ed Board on Carwash Workers Organizing: “Organizing and invoking their labor rights is the American way” 
UFCW BlogMarch 9, 2012 – The New York Daily News’s editorial board hit a home run today with their editorial on the campaign by New York City carwash workers trying to clean up the industry. Read more.
Car Washes Have to Clean Up Their Act and Stop Treating Workers Like Dirt 
New York Daily NewsMarch 9, 2012 – Organizing and invoking their labor rights is the American wayRead more.
East, West Coast Carwash Workers Organize, Fight for Respect 
Left Labor ReporterMarch 8, 2012 – Meanwhile in New York City, members of Wash New York, a carwash organizing coalition, on Tuesday released a report documenting the unjust working conditions at the city’s carwashes and announced a union organizing campaign among fellow carwash workers. Read more.
NY Protests Begin: Carwashing Compared to Slavery 
Professional Carwashing and DetailingMarch 8, 2012 – Protests have gotten underway over unfair working conditions for carwash workers in New York, and employees are coming forward, proclaiming they were not only treated unfairly, but also put in danger, a story said. Read more.
NYC Car Wash Workers Seek Unionization To Improve Wages, Working Conditions 
AOLMarch 7, 2012 – Working at a car wash may be better than digging a ditch, as the 1970s hit song says, but employees in New York City who work cleaning cars and trucks say pay and working conditions need vast improvement. Read more.
Car Wash Workers In New York Begin Drive To Improve Working Conditions 
Huffington PostMarch 7, 2012 – On Tuesday morning, a group of roughly 100 workers, local labor leaders and community organizers gathered in the cold in a parking lot in front of Metro Car Wash to announce a bold new campaign for New York City: a drive to bring fair working conditions t Read more.
Labor Battle on Horizon 
Human Resources JournalMarch 7, 2012 – A first-of-its-kind investigative report has brought to light the widespread mistreatment of New York City’s car wash workers. Read more.
Low Wages, Bad Conditions Plague City Car Wash Workers 
WNYCMarch 7, 2012 – Standing in front of the Metro Car Wash in Rego Park, Queens, a few dozen car wash workers, union activists and a couple of New York City Council members are kicking off a campaign to organize workers and improve conditions at the almost 200 car washes ac Read more.
Denuncian explotación en los Car Wash 
El DiarioMarch 7, 2012 – Muchos empleados, la mayoría inmigrantes latinos, de los talleres de lavado de carros de Nueva York, sufren explotación laboral, de acuerdo a un detallado informe elaborado por varias organizaciones de la ciudad que han lanzado una campaña conjunta para d Read more.
Protesta por salarios justos en Car Wash 
Telemundo 47March 7, 2012 – Trabajadores iniciaron una campaña que busca que sus jefes paguen salarios justos. Read more.
Advocacy Groups, RWDSU Open Drive For New York City Car Wash Workers 
Bloomberg BNAMarch 7, 2012 – A pair of community advocacy groups and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union have joined in a campaign to improve labor conditions for workers at New York City car washes, the coalition announced March 6. Read more.
Queens Car Wash Workers Rally Against ‘Slave’ Labor Practices
DNAinfoMarch 6, 2012 – Nelson Hernandez said his eyes burn for hours after he leaves his job at a Queens car wash. Raul Perez claimed the soap used to scrub down the cars at one location once burned the hairs off his legs. Carlos Garcia, another local car wash employee, said he Read more.
Car Wash Workers Protest Conditions, Pay 
Transportation NationMarch 6, 2012 – Standing in front of the Metro Car Wash in Rego Park, Queens, Tuesday a few dozen car wash workers, union activists, and a couple of city council members kicked off a campaign to organize workers and improve conditions at the almost 200 car washes across Read more.
Activists Demand More Labor Oversight At City Car Washes 
NY1 NewsMarch 6, 2012 – A new report alleges mistreatment at the city’s car washes. Among the findings released by Workers Aligned for a Sustainable and Healthy New York, more than 70 percent of workers said they put in at least 60 hours a week, and 75 percent said they did n Read more.
Empleados de lavado de autos exigen trato justo 
NY1 NoticiasMarch 6, 2012 – Un nuevo informe sobre la situación en los establecimientos de lavado de autos ha despertado la ira de los hombres, en su mayoría hispanos, que trabajaban en este rubro. Read more.
Car Wash Workers Endure Mistreatment, Report Says 
New York Daily NewsMarch 6, 2012 – Labor advocates launch campaign to unionize workers Read more.
New York City Carwash Workers Launch Fight for Rights 
AFL-CIOMarch 6, 2012 – New York City carwash workers are following their Los Angeles counterparts to battle rampant mistreatment, wage theft and unsafe working conditions. Today the coalition, WASH New York, released a report—“The Dirty Business of Cleaning NYC’s Cars”—that det Read more.
Carwash union push targets East Coast 
Professional Carwashing and DetailingMarch 6, 2012 – The organized plan for carwash workers to unionize has now spread to the East Coast, according to CBS New York Read more.
Report: NYC Car Wash Workers Get Hosed 
90.7 WFUVMarch 5, 2012 – Activists and labor groups are coming together to fight what they say are poor working conditions in New York City car washes. The new coalition will unveil a report Tuesday which shows alleged widespread employer abuse. Read more.
Community, Labor Organizations Looking To Reform Car Wash Industry 
CBS 2 NewsMarch 5, 2012 – A labor battle is brewing in the city. It worked in Los Angeles and now there is a push in New York City to unionize car wash workers. Read more.
Carwash Workers in New York City Plan Union Drive 
New York TimesMarch 5, 2012 – At a carwash in an industrial patch of Astoria, Queens, Adan Nicolas, a Mexican immigrant, is preparing to open the newest front in New York City’s labor battles. Read more.
Union, advocates push for car-wash crackdown 
Crain’s New York BusinessMarch 5, 2012 – A coalition of labor and community groups will launch a campaign Tuesday to improve conditions for workers at the city’s 200 car washes, labor sources said. Read more.
Report: Car Wash Workers To Unionize 
Fox 5 NewsMarch 5, 2012 – There is reportedly a campaign jumping off Tuesday to improve working conditions for New York City’s 1,600 car wash workers by unionizing the work force. Read more.

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