Skip to comments.Los Angeles Becomes the First City with More Than a Dozen Unionized Carwashes
Posted on 05/07/2014 4:37:28 PM PDT by mdittmar
With more than a dozen local carwashes now unionized, Los Angeles is leading the way for union carwash workers. The 133 new unionized carwasheros are represented by the United Steelworkers Local 675. The carwash owners where these employees work also have agreed by contract to comply with all labor, health and safety regulations and give their workers a 2% raise. Workers are now able to enforce these working standards by themselves through a grievance procedure.
The California Labor Federation explains why this is such an important step forward:
Unfortunately, carwash employers routinely violate basic labor laws leading to unsafe and unhealthy workplaces for workers and the communities they serve. In March 2008, the Los Angeles Times reported the results of an investigation of the carwash industry, finding that many owners pay less than half of the required minimum wage, and that two-thirds of those inspected by the states labor department since 2003 were out of compliance with one or more labor laws. Although some violations were minor, others were fundamental: underpaying workers, hiring minors, operating without workers compensation insurance, and denying workers meal and rest breaks.
Carwash workers in Los Angeles are overwhelmingly Latino immigrants and their work is very labor intensive. On a typical weekday, a carwash may service up to 500 cars. The workers must work at a fast pace for long periods of time, often drenched in water and exposed to high summer temperatures. In order to wash and clean such a high number of vehicles, carwash employers routinely violate basic labor laws, such as those requiring rest breaks or providing shade and clean drinking water.
See the map below for the new unionized carwashes:
The idiots who want amnesty for cheap labor are going to rue the day after they all join unions
So how much does it cost to get a car washed at a union car wash? And am I a scab if I wash it myself?
The car wash used to be an American job, I assume it still is in small towns, where illegals haven’t arrived.
I hope they advertise they are union, so I can avoid them.....
If not,they will be fired.
Oh, wait. I'm sure that won't happen. /s
If it's hot outside, wouldn't being wet be a good thing?
You are so cynical:)
A unionized car wash is a business I would never patronize. I would rather have a dirty car.
Next on the list of inventions: Silicon Valley’s 100% automated car wash.
...”often drenched in water and exposed to high summer temperatures”
Wouldn’t being wet be a good thing in high summer temps?
Being the caring person I am,I would use one of those, so the workers aren't subjected to that.
I’m not sure what kind of car washes California has.
Here in Indiana, they are almost completely automated, the huge majority of the work is maintenance on the equipment.
Imagine that "just out of the blue", L.A. passes an ordinance banning the washing of cars, unless it is done in an "approved" facility.
Of course, those approved facilities will all be union shops sending a fat payoff to those wonderful politicians.
If anyone thinks that banning the washing of cars is far-fetched, it has already been discussed and small airplanes have been prohibited from being washed for decades, due to "environmental concerns", of course.
Do the ‘stoplight’ windshield washers also belong to the Union?
Or maybe the Union is designed to drive ‘them’ out of business.
So, if they unionize the windshield washers, does that mean if you are a Union Cop you can’t complain when the Union windshield washer uses an oily rag.
So hard to tell the ground rules any more.
I worked at and managed a car wash at Olympic and 3rd street in mid cities Los Angeles The producer went and looked at a bunch of car washes in the area ours being one of them. That movie was very accurate in its depiction of life at a car wash. I love that movie we had lots of fun there Lou Rawls came in a few times a month for a quick detail we would sit and BS for a couple hours after closing sitting on the shoe shine stand
3rd and Olympic? Where do they intersect in LA?
And who is the head of the USWU? Leo Girard?
Lots of coin- op car washes out there
a few blocks from Arlington
“The idiots who want amnesty for cheap labor are going to rue the day after they all join unions.”
Yeah, I think that little details escapes some of them; that the reason the labor is cheap now is because they’re illegal. Once they’re “legal,” they can unionize, or at least demand (inflated) minimum wage. And the union bosses are no doubt just waiting to swear in their new union brothers. That will be to the detriment of the current worker-bee union thugs, too.
$175 for base service...and yes, we are ALL SCABS because of the complexity and things we don't understand about soap. /s
Right. Essentially Americans will all be jobless and foreigners will have all the jobs
You know a man of my ability
He should be smokin’ on a big cigar
But till I get myself straight I guess I’ll just have to wait
In my rubber suit a-rubbin’ these cars
Well, all I can do is a shake my head
You might not believe that it’s true
For workin’ at this end of Niagara Falls
Is an undiscovered Howard Hughes
So baby, don’t expect to see me
With no double martini in any high-brow society news
Cause I got them steadily depressin’, low down mind messin’
Workin’ at the car wash blues
Los Angeles Becomes the First City with More Than a Dozen RECENTLY CLOSED Carwashes
There, it’s fixed...
They already have them in gas stations all over. You do have to vacuum the inside yourself though.
Not at 3rd and Olympic. 3rd runs east west, so does Olympic. IIRC that is Olympic and Western.
Go look at a map
OK. Now what? 3rd is now where near Olympic and Western.
Look buddy I worked there for years. 3rd avenue and Olympic. Have a good night
Aha - the Avenues, my bad, sorry - I thought 3rd Street.
Only took me a minute to find it. On the south side of olympic between 3rd and westchester.
Doug it sure was I would go stand near the rinse jets they were just like misters. This was back when you could see and taste the smog
Too late, guess you found it.
I can still wash my plane at the approved spot.
Im not sure what kind of car washes California has.
I’m not sure either but there are car washes where they have several people employed to wipe the car down, detail it, vacuum, tires, etc. once it comes through the line.
CA has a lot of hands on car washes also.
We already have one in my area. Funny thing is the company that owns the regular hand car wash a few blocks away which employs workers to wash, dry, vacuum and wax cars also owns the fully automated one as well. All I have to do is pull into one of their vacuum spaces and vacuum the interior. A customer can select the level of car wash desired. I choose the max which includes tire coating, a rainbow wax sprayed on the entire car, etc. All I do is touch up a few spots that the powerful air blowers missed, vacuum the interior and leave. Locals get a coupon in the mail, so my cost is $9.
No sitting around waiting for the worker bees at the manual car wash to take forever to both wash and dry my car.
I posted 3rd street my fault it was a wonderful job my best friend s dad owed the joint
I had to sneak after hours to wash mine.