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The Car Wash Kingpin

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In New York City, hundreds of car wash workers are mobilizing to raise their wages, improve working conditions, and gain dignity on the job.


This spring, CPD co-authored a report that highlights the low wages and rough conditions at car washes owned by John Lage, the largest operator in NYC.

The report, titled “The Car Wash Kingpin’ – John Lage and the Poor Conditions in New York City’s Car Wash Industry,” compares the annual multi-million dollar revenue that Lage receives from his businesses with the meager wages that he pays to his employees.