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Car Wash Workers in Colorado Make History by Joining Local 7

February 29, 2024 Updated: March 7, 2024

On Feb. 4, workers at Cobblestone Car Wash in Lakewood, Colo., became the first car wash workers in the state to unionize by joining UFCW Local 7.

These workers joined our union family because they were concerned about insufficient wages and had not received a raise in over a year. They also wanted a voice in the workplace.

The campaign to organize these workers included inoculating them from anti-union rhetoric and running a completely under the radar push to help them unionize for a better life and avoid any union-busting tactics. The company was not aware that the workers wanted to unionize until they received their demand for a recognition letter.

“We wanted to unionize because we want better wages and a voice in the workplace,” said David, who works at the Cobblestone Car Wash. “And it feels safer when there is a union. You are not alone.”

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