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Disgruntled workers, bolstered in number by union-backed activists, will hit the pavement this evening in front of Hi-Tek Car Wash in Brighton Beach to protest what they say is unfair employment practices.

Hi-Tek (2981 Coney Island Avenue) is currently being sued by 17 of its workers who claim they were not paid minimum wage or properly compensated for overtime.

In observance of July 24 as a national day of worker’s rights and fair wages, Low-Wage Workers, members of “New York Communities for Change,” and those affiliated with “Make the Road New York,” will rally this evening in support of workers advocating for higher pay, better conditions, and additional rights.

Groups will first gather together at Union Square and East 16th Street for a large demonstration at 5 p.m. Buses will then depart at 6:30 p.m. to Hi Tek, a Brooklyn supermarket, and a Queens car wash business, where demonstrations will continue.

The three establishments at which the rallies will take place are:

  • Golden Farm Supermarket: 329 Church Avenue
  • Hi-Tek Car Wash: 2981 Coney Island Avenue
  • LMC Car Wash and Lube: 36-21 21st Street, Queens

Workers at all three of these businesses have stated that they receive very low wages, and reported instances of wage theft.

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  • Arthur Borko

    I would very much like to know if all 16 of these workers are citizens or legal immigrants with the right to work in the country. If they are, and their claims are true then the owner needs to be punished and sent to jail.

    Somehow I’m guessing not all of them are legal. In which case, tough shit. You took a risk working here illegally, now pay the price. Deport them all.

    OH, and fine the owner for taking advantage of everyone. The workers and his customers.

    I look forward to seeing what happens here…

    One way or the other, if the owner took advantage of people illegal or not, he needs to go to trail for justice to prevail. The one good thing that will come out of this is that it will shine a light on those workers….

    • Diz

      Your immigration status does not affect your right to minimum wage. It’s illegal to pay under minimum wage. Period. End of story. And I guarantee that any owner lacking in scruples this way is taking advantage of all their workers, not just immigrants – legal or otherwise.

    • ShadowLock

       hate to agree.

      American Citizens could have been working there making some type of money to bring home to there families instead of sitting at home looking for work because some grimy illegals are working everywhere taking in less then minimum wage….

      the fact that these people have the balls to go against their boss is cool. but they are risking getting the boot out of this country after the trial.

    • http://facebook.com/hitekcarwash Hi-Tek

       Hi Arthur,

      Thanks for your comments. While I see that you have a strong opinion
      about the situation at hand, I kindly ask for you to examine
      both sides of the playing field to get a better understanding of the
      reality.

      First, in the interest of full-disclosure, let me mention that I am speaking on behalf of Hi-Tek, being involved with the business and community for quite some time.

      That being said, if you ever visited Hi-Tek to get any services done, you would see that employees weren’t in fact mistreated in their working conditions. Fine, you wouldn’t be able to see that from a few visits, but I could tell you that the same people who are causing this ruckus are the same people who have voluntarily worked at the establishment for many years; in a number of cases, these workers would leave on their own will in pursuit of another job and then return when things didn’t work out.

      I’m not sure about you, but I don’t see too many places where you return to a previous employer and the owners are so willing to have you back. For years, the owners have provided a place for these employees to provide for their families, but now the game has changed.

      The industry has been targeted as one of “low-hanging fruit” by unions and other organizations; that is, there are a number of minorities who work here who don’t make much of a living; sure, I’ll admit that these folks weren’t paid so well, but it was never below minimum-wage or such that their compensation fell below what is legal. Nobody forced them to work these jobs, they come voluntarily and they are free to leave to pursue other opportunities. Back to low-hanging fruit, the carwash industry is one in which it is very easy to stir up support amongst the minorities that the car washes are exploiting them, and that they are entitled to more.

      Unfortunately, many of these employees do not understand the pros and cons of unionization and are just mesmerized by the thought of defying the norm in attempts to get money they are promised in the future. It’s quite easy to stir up emotion in this regard.

      Anyway, I could go on and on. I thank you for your comments and look forward to addressing the thoughts and concerns as it pertains to the issues at hand, but most importantly, in better aligning the goals of Hi-Tek to those of its local community, you and the fellow readers.

      Feel free to check out our facebook page at http://facebook.com/hitekcarwash for updates, promos, and other news.

      Thanks again!

      -Hi-Tek

  • frankiev

    Thats the car wash I use. I’m never disappointed. That is, until this past Sunday when they were half staffed. I knew somehing was brewing.

    • http://facebook.com/hitekcarwash Hi-Tek

      Frankiev,

      Sorry to hear about your disappointment this past weekend. Rest assured that we are working on ensuring that we are not understaffed, especially during the weekends!

      Thanks for bringing this to my attention and for supporting our business! Please do come visit us soon. In the meantime, please like our page at http://facebook.com/hitekcarwash for future promotions and discounts.

      All the best,
      Hi-Tek

  • Nowaynohow

    Cue Mob on Call.. Show them what the mahogany godling meant by businessmen not building their business.

    Cue union goons, SEIU, the local Communists and Sharpton/Jackson shakedown.

    Hopefully, they will unionize the car wash and show all the benefits of
    unionization to its customers by immediately tripling the price, halving
    the service and only being open two days a week for three hours. When
    the car wash goes out of business, the union can buy the company for
    pennies, the shareholders and banks  get stiffed and a nice bailout can
    be arranged by Schumer’s office.

    Think of the civics lesson being readied!

    • Arthur Borko

      Unions are not all bad, and prices wouldn’t skyrocket if business owners weren’t intent on making enough profit to shoot themselves into the next economic class. It’s 100% possible to hire people, pay them an affordable wage with benefits, and still make enough profit to provide for yourself and your family comfortably.

      This myth that you can’t make money by following all the rules is bullshit and founded by pure and utter greed. Because people just can’t stomach the thought of making 75$ profit instead of 150$.

      If a business can’t survive by playing by these rules then perhaps it has a faulty business plan. IF NO business can survive then perhaps the law needs to be changed. But you can’t right one wrong by committing another. 

      • Kool4Coney

        I believe when Henry Ford was asked why he pays his workers so well he answered something akin to  “so that they can afford to buy cars”  

      • Nowaynohow

        Unions were not all bad. That isn’t true now. 

        NY is the most hostile business environment in the nation due to union corruption, money grabbing politicians and reams of red tape and regulations. The owner of the car wash should have his head examined for trying run a business here.

        The only “successful” businesses are money laundromats for the russian mob, “non-profits” run by political cronies and the hundreds of Antekas and other Russian Medicaid mills.

        The owner of the car wash should just over insure the building and have a jewish lightning storm hit. It’s how so many of the Syrians on Ocean Parkway bought their mansions.

        What a fool, trying to run a real business in Brooklyn.

        • Hi-Tek

          Hi Nowaynohow,

          Thanks for your comments. First, let me say that I am speaking on behalf of the carwash as I have been involved with the business and the local community for many years.

          There is some truth to your unionization comments earlier – namely, there are politics involved, labor laws, price regulations, and a bunch of other nonsense involved that make the unions of today much different than those prior.

          Hi-Tek has been around for 20 years and will continue serving its community regardless of the obstacles faced. Rest assured that our employees have always been taken care of, but given the movement in this industry, the common chant is to huddle up and assemble, cry bloody murder for the terrible working conditions and pay, in attempts to try to make more money for themselves (in many cases, they are misled into empty promises and dreams).

          Thanks again for your comments, we’re standing by listening to what our followers and supporters are saying to be able to better address your concerns and provide better services to you.

          In the meantime, please check out our facebook page and show your support:
          http://facebook.com/hitekcarwash

          All the best!

      • http://facebook.com/hitekcarwash Hi-Tek

        Arthur, please see earlier comment. In response to unions, let’s just be blunt – a business sustains itself by passing on its costs to the customers. You see this everywhere. If every business collectively decided to absorb the costs, then sure, you’re statement is valid, but that isn’t reality.

        Nobody wants to pay $20 for a regular carwash, but if the industry were to unionize, then NYC carwashes could potentially end up like other car washes in America, $20 for a do-it-yourself hand wash.

        As to your profit argument, personally, I echo your sentiment, but again, voluntarily squeezing margin growth seems like an ambitious and proud plan, though unless you get volume numbers to increase by the same amount (or more) than the margin squeeze, it’s just not going to happen.

        Thanks again!

  • RKD

    Hey you all smarties ! When was the last time you saw a true blue blooded American working in car wash ! ….Me never accept maybe by cash register ! 

    • Kool4Coney

      RKD, can you fescribe what a ‘true blue blooded American” looks like so that we can assess if we ever saw one…  :)

      • Kool4Coney

        oooops meant to type Describe not fescribe :)

      • ShadowLock

        hmm…..lets take a look at that passport!

      • OrlyRad

        I guess he would look Mexican, they have been here thousands of years.

    • Arthur Borko

      If a car wash was willing to pay their employees above minimum wage you’d find lots of Americans working there. 

  • Guest

    Here is the most important point: Last time I brought the car in for an oil change, they made up 2 things that were wrong with the engine to sell me on.  I don’t think this is a decent place.

    • mehhh

      That’s not the most important point

    • Hi-Tek

      Hi Guest,

      Being in the business a long time, I’ve seen it all in both carwash and oil change and can tell you, it’s not worth losing a customer in order to make a quick sell.

      I’m sorry you feel that way, but I would like to better understand the situation before you call the place indecent. Please ask to speak to a manager when you come in next time, we’d like to hear from you.

      Thanks!