October 26 – Los Angeles Times
By Sam Quinones
Employees of the Santa Monica business get a 2% raise and other guarantees, concluding a two-year battle that included labor organizers and support by local clergy.
For years, workers at the Bonus Car Wash in Santa Monica, like those in many of the carwashes that Southern Californians frequent, had a familiar routine. They showed up when the boss told them to — but couldn't clock in until customers arrived.
Then, the California attorney general filed a suit last year against the business, demanding $6 million in back wages for workers, as well as fines and penalties.
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