One of the most exciting of the numerous low-wage worker organizing campaigns around the city and across the nation is that of the predominantly immigrant, car wash workers who recently scored a unionization victory in Flushing, Queens. Workers at the Jomar Car Wash voted over- whelmingly to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). This is the sixth car wash workers election the union has won since the launch of its aggressive organizing campaign in NYC. They have been organizing in the WASH NY campaign, a joint effort of Make the Road NY and NY Communities for Change, along with the RWDSU.
“I Am A Man,”
The struggle to unionize carwash workers extends across the country. In Santa Monica, California labor leaders, immigrant rights advocates and members of the faith community gathered to support carwash workers who are standing up for justice. The carwash industry is known for abusive and illegalpractices, but now there's a class action lawsuit filed by the Mexican AmericanLegal Defense and Educational Fund against Santa Monica carwash owners to CLEAN up the industry and uphold the dignity of every worker.