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article imageCar Wash Event To Donate To Help Car Wash Employees

By KJ Mullins     Apr 27, 2009 in Environment
Demi Moore's standing behind the CLEAN (Community-Labor-Environmental Action Network) Carwash Campaign. The non-profit group is committed to improving the lives of working families in great Los Angeles. This project is to benefit car wash workers.
Car wash employees are often paid less than minimal wage and rely on tips to make ends met. The campaign is working jointly with the Carwash Workers Organizing Committee (CWOC) of the United Steelworkers to raise the standard of living for car wash workers and to address basic workplace safety issues.
According to their website CLEAN is committed to:
* Supporting the right of car wash workers to organize a union and bargain collectively.
* Improving working conditions and ensuring that car wash employers meet labor standards and abide by fair workplace practices.
* Demanding environmental clean up to ensure that waste water from car washes does not contaminate our rivers or oceans.
This campaign will not only help the workers but the environment as well. Professional car washes can contain toxic chemicals such as ammonium bifluoride and hydrofluoric acid that if not properly managed can be leaked into the environment. These toxins have been shown to cause kidney damage, increased cancer risk, and developmental delays.
The workers in professional car washes often work 60 hours a week with no overtime pay. Some make as little as $180 a week. They often work without the protective gear that costs as little as $3 enabling chemicals to seep into their bodies.
If you want to help out and are in the LA area the event is taking place on Tuesday afternoon.
Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Vermont Hand Wash
Street: 1666 N. Vermont Ave.
Los Angeles, CA
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