Car wash workers, or carwasherxs, are real people with families to care for within communities often held down by an unfair economy. Car washes have become part of the underground economy in cities across California, and many fail to follow basic labor, health, and safety laws. Workers in this industry typically work long hours in the heat, with abrasive chemicals, without drinking water or rest breaks, and at times without meal breaks. In addition, carwasherxs are rarely paid the legal minimum wage, with many reporting working for no wages, just tips.
In Los Angeles County, there are over 500 car washes and 10,000 carwasherxs. Since 2007, Community Labor Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) has centered worker organizing to transform the car wash industry into a just working environment in Los Angeles. We support carwasherxs in standing up for their labor and immigration rights, improving health and safety protections, and keeping our water and environment clean.