Car wash owners settle anti-labor charges

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The union organizing workers at a car wash in the Hollywood-Los Feliz area has reached a settlement with the car wash owners. More on the story from KPCC’s Brian Watt.

The Vermont Hand Wash has been a major target in the United Steelworkers union’s campaign to organize car wash workers in the Southland. More than a year ago, the union filed charges against the car wash with the National Labor Relations Board.

The main charges included targeting and firing workers who tried to form a union. The Board investigated and issued its own complaint. Now, the car wash owners have agreed to settle the charges.

They’ll pay more than $50,000 in back wages to workers they fired or whose hours they cut for trying to organize. They’ll also pay employees close to $9,000 for turning off the time clock when the union picketed the business. Vermont Hand Wash owners Bennie and Nissan Pirian are still dealing with charges the Los Angeles city attorney’s office filed six months ago.