Public Advocate Urges City Agencies To Stop Using Allegedly Exploitive Car Wash Company
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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio wants city agencies to stop spending money at a car wash company that he says has a history of mistreating its workers.
In a letter sent to Mayor Bloomberg, de Blasio said the city has spent more than $170,000 with Lage Management Corporation since 2010.
The company operates car washes across the city and was recently protested by workers who said they earned below minimum wage.
De Blasio says many of them work long hours, get no overtime pay and are never offered sick leave or health benefits despite working around dangerous chemicals.
In a release, he says, "It’s better to have a dirty car than a dirty conscience. Taxpayer dollars should never enrich a company that steals from working people."
The mayor's office says it is looking into the matter.