Apr 17, 2018
Workers in restaurants, nail salons and car washes rallied Friday to kick off a campaign to push for one single minimum wage — instead of the lower one tipped workers currently take home.
David Mertz, New York City director of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, said car wash workers already face dangerous conditions on the job.
“On top of it all, they are told that they have to rely on the kindness of strangers to just put a little bit of money in that tip box. And they have to hope that that money in that tip box actually gets into their pockets,” he said. “It’s a terrible system. There’s no standard for tipping at car washes.”
Read more at the NY Daily News
Apr 12, 2018
RETAIL, WHOLESALE AND DEPARTMENT STORE UNION ENDORSES
LUIS R. SEPÚLVEDA FOR STATE SENATE
A Champion for Working People
NEW YORK, NY – Today, President Stuart Appelbaum of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) announced the union’s endorsement of Assemblymember Luis Sepúlveda in his special election bid for State Senate in the 32nd District. Assemblymember Sepúlveda has carried key legislation over his three terms in the Assembly that impacts not just RWDSU members, but all workers in New York State, including his push for early education initiatives, healthcare and immigration rights.
“Assemblymember Luis Sepulveda has earned the support of the RWDSU in his bid for the New York State Senate because he knows his community inside and out and he works tirelessly to effect real change that helps lift up working people. He has stood with us on issues like raising the minimum wage and combating wage theft, and worked to make our state fairer and more inclusive by advocating for protection of voting rights and enacting criminal justice reform. We know Luis will continue to be a strong advocate for his district and we proudly endorse his campaign for State Senate today,” said Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU).