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Bill aimed at improving carwash employee wages goes to Cuomo’s desk

A bill that would require workers at car washes in the New York City area to earn the minimum wage is heading to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.

The bill cleared the state Senate on Wednesday and was approved this afternoon by the Assembly. Both chambers are controlled by Democrats.

“No worker should earn below the minimum wage – ever, and this law will change the lives of thousands of car wash workers in New York,” said Stuart Appelbaum, the president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

“For far too long car wash workers in New York have earned poverty wages under the tip credit law. Today, the New York State Assembly made clear that our legislature recognizes that this abhorrent loophole has left immigrant workers susceptible to wage theft.”

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