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Los Angeles Becomes the First City with More Than a Dozen Unionized Carwashes
AFL-CIO ^ | 5/07/2014 | Kenneth Quinnell

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 state’s 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:


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: unions
Car Wash 1976!
1 posted on 05/07/2014 4:37:28 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

The idiots who want amnesty for cheap labor are going to rue the day after they all join unions


3 posted on 05/07/2014 4:39:26 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: mdittmar

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?


4 posted on 05/07/2014 4:41:32 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: mdittmar

mmm... Mona.


5 posted on 05/07/2014 4:45:09 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

"You wash car yourself, we come to your house and make your lawn die"


6 posted on 05/07/2014 4:45:14 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: mdittmar

The car wash used to be an American job, I assume it still is in small towns, where illegals haven’t arrived.


7 posted on 05/07/2014 4:46:55 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: mdittmar

I hope they advertise they are union, so I can avoid them.....


8 posted on 05/07/2014 4:56:32 PM PDT by Ben Mugged (The number one enemy of liberalism is reality.)
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To: ansel12; All
These new unionized car washers will soon be on there way to the American Dream!,as long as they pay their union dues.

If not,they will be fired.

9 posted on 05/07/2014 4:56:41 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar
They will probably charge enormous prices and secure contracts to wash all vehicles owned by the city and county.

Oh, wait. I'm sure that won't happen. /s

10 posted on 05/07/2014 5:04:01 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: mdittmar
The workers must work at a fast pace for long periods of time, often drenched in water and exposed to high summer temperatures.

If it's hot outside, wouldn't being wet be a good thing?

11 posted on 05/07/2014 5:07:03 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: SIDENET

You are so cynical:)


12 posted on 05/07/2014 5:08:05 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

A unionized car wash is a business I would never patronize. I would rather have a dirty car.


13 posted on 05/07/2014 5:08:39 PM PDT by AdaGray (q)
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To: GeronL

Next on the list of inventions: Silicon Valley’s 100% automated car wash.


14 posted on 05/07/2014 5:12:06 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: mdittmar

...”often drenched in water and exposed to high summer temperatures”

Wouldn’t being wet be a good thing in high summer temps?


15 posted on 05/07/2014 5:13:01 PM PDT by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: Veggie Todd
Well,I imagine there are lot's of automated drive through car washes in L.A.

Being the caring person I am,I would use one of those, so the workers aren't subjected to that.

16 posted on 05/07/2014 5:13:35 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

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.


17 posted on 05/07/2014 5:14:57 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraiaq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: mdittmar
Oh, I forgot a biggie.

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.

18 posted on 05/07/2014 5:15:44 PM PDT by SIDENET
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To: mdittmar

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.


19 posted on 05/07/2014 5:16:55 PM PDT by xrmusn ((6/98)"Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until they speak.".)
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To: SamAdams76

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


20 posted on 05/07/2014 5:17:20 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: mdittmar
The 133 new unionized carwasheros are represented by the United Steelworkers Local 675.

These "carwasheros" are represented by the Steelworkers. OK...what happened to the United Carwashero Workers of America? Why aren't they representing their tradesmen? They gotta have the Steelworkers do it? Because everybody knows the direct connection between guys who operate car washes and the basic steel industry. It's kinda like the connection between any TV program entitled "Housewives of..." and reality.
21 posted on 05/07/2014 5:20:57 PM PDT by Milton Miteybad (I am Jim Thompson. {Really.})
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To: Milton Miteybad
As unions have lost members, they have consolidated. A lot of the United Auto Workers union comprises nurses, teachers, and government clerks.
22 posted on 05/07/2014 5:22:47 PM PDT by nascarnation (Toxic Baraiaq Syndrome: hopefully infecting a Dem candidate near you)
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To: al baby

3rd and Olympic? Where do they intersect in LA?


23 posted on 05/07/2014 5:25:10 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: Milton Miteybad

And who is the head of the USWU? Leo Girard?

Uh-oh.


24 posted on 05/07/2014 5:25:14 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: tbw2

Lots of coin- op car washes out there


25 posted on 05/07/2014 5:37:28 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: narses

a few blocks from Arlington


26 posted on 05/07/2014 5:40:42 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: GeronL

“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.


27 posted on 05/07/2014 5:42:15 PM PDT by PLMerite
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.
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?

$175 for base service...and yes, we are ALL SCABS because of the complexity and things we don't understand about soap. /s

28 posted on 05/07/2014 5:43:39 PM PDT by NCDave (AKA, "That idiot over there")
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To: narses
Looks about the same
29 posted on 05/07/2014 5:45:38 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: PLMerite

Right. Essentially Americans will all be jobless and foreigners will have all the jobs


30 posted on 05/07/2014 5:48:14 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: mdittmar

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


31 posted on 05/07/2014 5:50:11 PM PDT by Portcall24 (aer)
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To: mdittmar

Los Angeles Becomes the First City with More Than a Dozen RECENTLY CLOSED Carwashes

There, it’s fixed...


32 posted on 05/07/2014 5:50:14 PM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: tbw2

They already have them in gas stations all over. You do have to vacuum the inside yourself though.


33 posted on 05/07/2014 5:52:53 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: al baby

Not at 3rd and Olympic. 3rd runs east west, so does Olympic. IIRC that is Olympic and Western.


34 posted on 05/07/2014 6:00:28 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: narses

Go look at a map


35 posted on 05/07/2014 6:03:17 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: al baby

OK. Now what? 3rd is now where near Olympic and Western.


36 posted on 05/07/2014 6:03:53 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: narses

Look buddy I worked there for years. 3rd avenue and Olympic. Have a good night


37 posted on 05/07/2014 6:13:51 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: al baby

Aha - the Avenues, my bad, sorry - I thought 3rd Street.


38 posted on 05/07/2014 6:15:46 PM PDT by narses (Matthew 7:6. He appears to have made up his mind let him live with the consequences.)
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To: narses

Only took me a minute to find it. On the south side of olympic between 3rd and westchester.


39 posted on 05/07/2014 6:17:16 PM PDT by jim-x (9/11/2001 - Never forget, Never forgive.)
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To: doug from upland

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


40 posted on 05/07/2014 6:18:20 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: narses

Too late, guess you found it.


41 posted on 05/07/2014 6:18:52 PM PDT by jim-x (9/11/2001 - Never forget, Never forgive.)
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To: SIDENET

I can still wash my plane at the approved spot.


42 posted on 05/07/2014 6:21:58 PM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Did you just get off the short bus or what?)
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To: nascarnation

I’m 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.

example:
http://premiercarwashes.com/ViewWashPackages.aspx

CA has a lot of hands on car washes also.


43 posted on 05/07/2014 6:34:56 PM PDT by deport
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To: tbw2

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.


44 posted on 05/07/2014 6:59:25 PM PDT by CdMGuy
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To: narses

I posted 3rd street my fault it was a wonderful job my best friend s dad owed the joint


45 posted on 05/08/2014 10:35:54 AM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom…)
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To: US_MilitaryRules

I had to sneak after hours to wash mine.


46 posted on 05/08/2014 2:10:01 PM PDT by SIDENET
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