New York City’s leftist mayor Bill de Blasio has signed legislation that will put non-unionized car washes out of business.
He signed legislation to require car washes across the city to obtain licenses and purchase surety bonds in order to operate.
The bill will require car washes to meet strict environmental standards and safety requirements. Car washes rarely have problems according to the city Department of Environmental Protection and both environment and safety are already monitored by Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state Department of Labor among a host of other agencies.
The legislation was primarily written by Make the Road New York, a powerful nonprofit being paid by the retail workers union RWDSU to organize the car-wash industry.
Doesn’t this seem a bit corrupt?
Non-unionized owners are being told to obtain a $150,000 bond to cover claims and labor violations while unionized car washes are told they only need a $30,000 bond.
The Association of Car Wash Owners, Inc., represented by Steve Rotlevi, a Brooklyn-based car wash owner called the new law “extortion.”
h/t I hate the media