Car wash workers rally for new contract in Soundview

Employees are accusing John Lage of subjecting them to poor working conditions.

Employees are accusing John Lage of subjecting them to poor working conditions. (7/13/13)

SOUNDVIEW - New York City car wash workers protested today against their boss, John Lage, calling on him to negotiate a new contract with them.

Lage is one of the biggest car wash operators in the city, but some employees say they've had enough. Workers at the rallies in Soundview and Queens said their salaries are not enough to support their families, their schedules are too erratic and they're not getting proper gear for exposure to chemicals.

Lage was sued by the U.S. Labor Department in 2005 for violating minimum wage and overtime laws for 15 of his companies. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also launched an investigation of Lage's business practices last year.

News 12 The Bronx attempted to get a comment from Lage, but the number listed for him was not in service.
 

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