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.
A car wash operator who three years ago paid $3.4 million to settle charges that it underpaid workers has become the top target of a campaign to improve working conditions in the industry.
Workers and organizers will zero in Friday on Lage Management Corp., the Pelham-based parent of about 20 car washes in the New York City area, to pressure owner John Lage to negotiate with them.
Workers at Lage-owned car washes say management routinely skirts minimum wage and overtime laws, even though the company agreed in a 2009 consent judgment with the federal government to not violate the Fair Labor Standards Act’s minimum-wage, overtime and recordkeeping requirements.
Workers have been threatened with reduction in hours at one car wash in Queens for speaking out, the organizers said.