The New York City Council on Wednesday introduced a bill aimed at cracking down on labor violations in the car wash industry, which council members believe will help resolve labor disputes.
“It’s outrageous that anyone, especially a low-wage worker, is only now being paid wages that were earned as long as eight years ago,” City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said, according to the New York Daily News.
Mark-Viverito proposed a version of the bill last year, but it never gained momentum. If passed, it would require all car washes in the city to be licensed and to renew the license every year, giving the city greater oversight of the industry. The bill’s proposal follows the recent resolution of a high-profile labor dispute in Queens. The workers there said they were due hundreds of thousands in unpaid wages, which were small to begin with. Before they unionized, they said they were being paid $4 per hour with no overtime pay.
According to the Daily News:
Car washes have generated a spate of complaints that they ripped off workers. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman struck a $3.9 million settlement last week with a chain owned by Lage Management Corp., accused of violations dating back to 2006.