Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito has the shady car wash industry in her crosshairs. If her Car Wash Accountability Act passes, car washes will be required to have a license from the city in order to operate. This will allow the city and the Department of Labor to keep tabs on car washes, which now largely exploit workers. One such worker, Adan Nicholas, told reporters, “Two times a week they make us sign a paper declaring that we make $20 – $25 a day in tips, but it’s not true.” He says he receives no tips and makes less than the minimum wage. “There have been reports by the Department of Labor that have documented the number of labor violations against workers,” the Councilwoman Mark-Viverito said, “We need to have these owners be accountable and be responsible.”

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