New York City 'carwasheros' deserve a livable wage
from City & State
There are scores of important bills awaiting a vote in these last days of the legislative session, but few are as important as one that would bring as many as 5,000 car wash workers across New York City up to the minimum wage. Believe it or not, the largely immigrant workers who wash thousands of cars a day in all five boroughs are currently paid less than the minimum wage. The fact is that they rely on their customers’ generosity to bring them up to the lowest legally allowable wage, even though the work is hard and can be dangerous due to accidents or because the workers are often exposed to harmful chemicals.
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