*Taxi Workers Alliance, Machinists Union call upon drivers to boycott carwashes where workers are being abused *
April 11, NOON, Westside Highway Car Wash, 638 West 47th Street, New York, NY
WHAT: New York City taxi workers and black car drivers are helping the WASH NY campaign being conducted by Make the Road New York and New York Communities for Change to pressure car wash owners to improve conditions in an industry plagued by rampant wage and hour violations, and unsafe working conditions. The drivers will be joined by car wash workers, as well as community activists and union leaders. Workers will be available for interviews and English translation will be provided.
Bhairavi Desai, Executive Director, New York City Taxi Workers Alliance;
Jim Conigliaro, Directing Business Representative, International Association of Machinists (IAM) District 15;
Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU, UFCW);
Car wash workers, community activists, and representatives of WASH New York.
WHERE: Westside Highway Car Wash, 638 West 47th Street, New York, NY
WHEN: Wednesday, April 11, NOON.
Hilary Klein (Spanish/English). firstname.lastname@example.org. 347.423.8277
Olivia Leirer. email@example.com. 646.479.3426
Car Wash Workers Demand Better Treatment, Condemn Retaliations at a Dirty Car Wash in Queens Under Investigation by the NY Attorney General’s Office
*Escalation of Car Wash Workers’ Campaign, Following AG Car Wash Probe, Revelations of Mistreatment and Abuse*
March 29, 10 a.m., Sutphin Car Wash, 9731 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens
WHAT: Car wash workers will confront managers at the Sutphin Car Wash in Jamaica, Queens, and demand better treatment and condemn recent retaliations from management, which have included reduced hours and verbal threats. Sutphin Car Wash is part of a chain of car washes operated by Fernando Magalhaes, who was subpoened earlier this month by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman following revelations of wage and hour violations, and unsafe working conditions. Car wash workers will be joined by community activists and elected officials in this direct action. Workers will be available for interviews and English translation will be provided.
WHO: Car wash workers, community activists, City Councilman James Sanders, and representatives of WASH New York.
WHERE: Sutphin Car Wash, 9731 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens
WHEN: Thursday, March 29, 10.a.m.
TRANSPORTATION: Take the E/J/Z to Sutphin Blvd.
About WASH New York: Workers Aligned for a Sustainable and Healthy New York
WASH New York is a campaign fighting for greater workplace justice, health, and safety in New York City’s car wash industry. To learn more, visit www.washnewyork.org and connect with the campaign on Tumblr, Twitter, and Facebook for the latest news, updates, and calls to action.