The Labor Education Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign has released a study, "Clean Cars, Dirty Work," of the Chicago car-wash business. The lead author of the study is LERA member Bob Bruno, the School of Labor and Employment Relations professor who is the director of the school's Labor Education Program, based in Chicago. Key findings:
The Fox News Latino story, "Chicago Car Washes Abuse Immigrant Workers," quoted Bruno: "'The question to be answered is whether exploitative working conditions are the practices of a few 'bad apples' or if these standards are customary throughout the local industry.'"
The study's recommendations included increasing and improving government regulation of employment laws in car washes; providing special oversight of the Illinois car-wash industry; and supporting educational efforts about worker rights and health and safety training.
Read the Sept. 21 Chicago Tribune story, "Dirty Carwash Work Detailed: Low Pay, Long Hours."