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    evandelgado

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    Post  evandelgado on Tue Oct 06, 2009 10:35 pm

    Carwash Workers Unite for Basic Rights
    by Evan Delgado

    Throughout the Los Angeles area, a chain of carwashes has been accused of underpaying their employees, denying them overtime pay, not providing sanitation needs, and even forcing them to work To fight back is to be quickly fired and replaced with other workers who need a job. The claim is being laid against four carwashes owned by Benny and Nisan Pirian; Vermont Hand Wash, Celebrity Car Wash, Hollywood Car Wash, and Five Star Car Wash on the behalf of the carwash workers.
    Representing the plaintiffs are Bet Tzedek Legal Services and the Bush Gottlieb law firm. Bet Tzedek Legal Services is a nonprofit poverty law firm and Bush Gottileb is a firm of labor and employment lawyers. A number of varying claims have been made, such as problems with pay and sanitation. Despite the many dangerous chemicals that are used when wiping down cars, employers have neglected to supply masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. For a while now, the steel workers union has been attempting to unionize all of the car washes in Los Angeles to protect individual rights. Due to the fact that the Pirian brothers own four car washes and were one of the most notorious employers in the Los Angeles area, they have become the focus and milestone when it came to fighting unfair employers. Despite their company being charged with accusations from wage theft to violations of Cal/OSHA, the two brothers Pirian themselves are being sued in civil court. Although they were in police custody for a short time, they paid their bail. In the future, Benny and Nisan may face a longer term in prison for various crimes.
    This paragraph will have quotes and information garnered from interviews.
    Although it’s always hard to stand up for you rights when your opponent has more money and expensive resources, the union has been making some real progress. Just on August 26, carwash workers won a large victory against the carwashes by settling case linked to the NLRB, causing the Piritian brothers to pay 50,000 back to pay workers. The case is far from over, but the workers are slowly getting their pay back and putting their employers’ behind bars.

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    Post  oisheeshemontee on Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:59 am

    Throughout the Los Angeles area, a chain of carwashes has been accused of underpaying their employees, denying them overtime pay, not providing sanitation needs, and even forcing them to work [But isn't that the whole point of a job? Clarify your meaning] To fight back is to be quickly fired and replaced with [an]other workers who need a job. [On the behalf of the carwash workers,] The claim is being laid against four carwashes owned by Benny and Nisan Pirian; Vermont Hand Wash, Celebrity Car Wash, Hollywood Car Wash, and Five Star Car Wash on the behalf of the carwash workers.
    Representing the plaintiffs are Bet Tzedek Legal Services and the Bush Gottlieb law firm. Bet Tzedek Legal Services is a nonprofit poverty law firm and Bush Gottileb is a firm of labor and employment lawyers. A number of varying claims have been made, such as [especially concerning] problems with pay and sanitation. Despite the many dangerous chemicals that are used when wiping down cars, employers have neglected to supply masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. For a while now, the steel workers union has been attempting to unionize all of the car washes in Los Angeles to protect individual rights. [Connect these two sentences more, they seem random placed next to each other] Due to the fact that the Pirian brothers own four car washes and were one of the most notorious employers in the Los Angeles area, they have become the focus and milestone when it came to fighting unfair employers. Despite their company being charged with accusations from wage theft to violations of Cal/OSHA, the two brothers Pirian themselves are being sued in civil court. Although they were in police custody for a short time, they paid their bail [and were released]. In the future, Benny and Nisan may face a longer term in prison for various crimes.
    This paragraph will have quotes and information garnered from interviews.
    Although it’s [it is] always hard to stand up for you[r] rights when your opponent has more money and expensive resources, the union has been making some real progress. Just on August 26, carwash workers won a large victory against the carwashes [their employers] by settling case [a case, or cases] linked to the NLRB, causing the Piritian brothers to pay 50,000 back to pay workers. The case [you just used this word in the last sentence, can you think of another?] is far from over, but the workers are slowly getting their pay back and putting their employers’ behind bars.. [delete the second period]

    evandelgado

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    Post  evandelgado on Wed Oct 14, 2009 10:32 am

    Carwash Workers Unite for Basic Rights
    by Evan Delgado, staff writer
    A chain of carwashes located throughout the Los Angeles area have been accused of underpaying their employees, denying them overtime pay, not meeting California’s health and safety standards, and even forcing them to work for tips only. To fight back is to be quickly fired and replaced with another worker who needs a job or to be intimidated into silence. On the behalf of the carwash workers, the claim is being laid against four carwashes owned by Benny and Nisan Pirian; Vermont Hand Wash, Celebrity Car Wash, Hollywood Car Wash, and Five Star Car Wash.
    Representing the plaintiffs in the civil case are Bet Tzedek Legal Services and the Bush Gottlieb law firm. Bet Tzedek Legal Services is a nonprofit poverty law firm and Bush Gottileb is a firm of labor and employment lawyers. A number of claims have been made focusing on problems with pay and violations of health and safety protocols. Despite the many dangerous chemicals that are used when washing cars, including sulfuric acid, the employers have neglected to supply masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. The Pirians are being charged with wage theft, retaliation against employees, and a myriad of other breaches of regulations. In response to assertions that a majority of the workers are undocumented and whether this could raise opposition from the community, Bet Tzedek lawyer Matt DeCarolis said “It’s irrelevant. The law states that people who work have the right to be payed properly.”
    In addition to the wage and hour lawsuit, the United Steel Workers union has been attempting to organize carwash workers in Los Angeles as part of the Clean Carwash Campaign. This campaign is a joint effort of the Community-Labor Environmental Action Network, known as CLEAN and the Carwash Workers Organizing Committee of the United Steel Workers. CLEAN is comprised of nonprofit organizations who are working toward improving the living circumstances of low income working families. The union has been working to garner better rights for carwash workers one carwash at a time, and due to the fact that the Pirian brothers own four car washes and are one of the most abusive employers in the Los Angeles area, they have become the focus of the campaign to organize carwash workers. Aside from being sued in civil court, they are also being prosecuted by the City of Los Angeles. Cal/OSHA also investigated complaints that the Pirian brothers had violated health and safety regulations and issued penalties against the carwashes they own. Although they were in police custody for a short time, they paid their bail and were released. Benny and Nisan Pirian could spend time in jail for these violations.
    Although it is always hard to stand up for your rights when your opponent has more money and expensive resources, the union has been making some real progress. Just on August 26, carwash workers won a large victory against the carwashes by settling a case linked to the NLRB, causing the Pirian brothers to pay 50,000 in pay back to workers. The brothers had settled the case in response to claims that they had unlawfully retaliated against their employees and intimidated them with physical violence. The conflict is far from over, but the workers are making progress. In response to what prompted the workers to begin organizing, Marissa Nuncio, one of the lawyers fighting on behalf of workers in the wage and hour civil suit said, “I think they just got fed up … [t]hese are people that have been working really hard. They have a tough job. They’re constantly on their feet, they have to move, they have to work fast, they have to satisfy customers and they weren’t getting paid they’re legal wages.” In the end, it’s the community that has the real power. Workers believe that consumers should know and care about the plight of the people they overlook every day. As Henry Huerta, the manager of CLEAN, put it, “We all play a part in changing the industry.”

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