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Car wash union contracts

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Posted: Thursday, October 24, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:46 am, Thu Oct 31, 2013.

One of the biggest car wash owners in the city has signed union contracts with workers at two of his sites in Queens.

Workers at Jomar Car Wash at 57-34 Main St. in Flushing and Sutphin Car Wash at 97-31 Sutphin Blvd. in Jamaica have reached a three-year deal with Fernando Magalhaes, according to a statement issued last week by the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

It was only last November that car washes first unionized in the city. Union President Stuart Appelbaum said workers at two Bronx sites also just reached deals.

“This contract sends a powerful message to all low-wage workers throughout New York City — you can fight back against poor wages and working conditions, and you can win,” Appelbaum said.

Contract specifics include raises over three years that will bring the minimum wages up to $9.18 per hour; protected access to overtime; requirement that a shop steward oversee the counting and distribution of tips; a required posted weekly schedule; pay bonuses for work on five holiday; and arbitration allowed in contested firings.

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