Tip Credit Update

The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) has re-scheduled hearings to gather testimony on eliminating or changing the sub-minimum wage for tipped workers. The meetings have been rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that there would be meetings on this topic during his State of the State in December. Under New York law, tipped workers can be paid less than minimum wage by employers who must make up the difference if it is not covered by tips. The Governor feels that eliminating the tip credit will protect immigrants and others from wage theft. Restaurateurs, however, oppose the elimination of the tip credit as do fast food workers.

Please see the attached rescheduled meeting dates and an article from Spectrum News on the topic.

If you can attend any of these meetings, please let us know at 800/287-6604 or mediasolutions@nycap.rr.com

Walt Hartl,

NYSCWA President

Tip Credit Talking Points

Rescheduled Meeting Dates

Spectrum News Article

Officials, locals oppose Cuomo

Proposed Call-In Pay Regulations Update

As stated previously, on November 22 the Department of Labor (DOL) issued new regulations relating to the scheduling of employees, which if implemented, will create a significant burden to our membership (Call-In/On-Call Scheduling).

On January 4, Ron Benderson of Delta Sonic in Buffalo and Tom Hoffman of Hoffman Car Wash in Albany spoke at a hearing called by The Senate Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business Committee. The hearing was led by Chair Phil Boyle and Senators Chris Jacobs, Cathy Young, Tim Kennedy, Jim Tedisco, Fred Akshar, Rich Funke, Kathy Marchione and George Amedore were all present.

You can read a recap here titled “Senate Commerce Hearing Recap.”

Both Benderson and Hoffman spoke articulately about the negative financial impact to the membership, the scheduling burden but also to the flexibility that will be lost to the college and high school students many washes employ.

Several members also attended The Business Council’s 2018 Legislators’ Reception at the Albany Capital Center on January 22 where they were able to further explain the negative impact on the industry if these new regulations are implemented.

Rest assured that the board will continue to fight these regulations on your behalf. More to come.

Walt Hartl,
NYSCWA President

Click on the Links Below for More Information

Senate Commerce Hearing Recap

Find Your Senator

Contact your Senator

NYSCWA President’s Statement

scheduling cost spreadsheet – template

Senator Funke Letter

NYSCWA Position Paper – Expanded Comments

NYSCWA Position Paper

Call-In Pay Changes


Media Coverage


Wall Street Journal: Carwash Cheated Workers, New York Attorney General Says

Bloomberg/Lawsuit Followup

Business Review article

A.G. Schneiderman Sues Tropical Breeze Car Wash For Allegedly Cheating Over 150 Minimum Wage Employees Out Of More Than $540,000 In Wages And Benefits

Senate Hearing

Bloomberg Article

State’s ‘call-in pay’ proposal concerns small business owners

Recent Events

NYSCWA Hits Another Homerun 
With 10th Baseball Event

  The New York State Car Wash Association (NYSCWA) hit another homerun on Thursday, June 30, with its annual trip to the ballpark at CitiField in Queens. The annual pilgrimage was attended by 50 and capped off with a visit by Mr. Met (the team’s mascot) and a team victory beating the League leading Chicago Cubs 4-3! “This event is great every year,” said NYSCWA President Walt Hartl. “This year we didn’t have rain, there were no delays and the Mets won so it doesn’t get much better!”

  The event, now in its 10th year, is chaired by NYSCWA Treasurer Mike Benmosche. “This event is a great way to bring your kids to the ballpark in the luxurious Empire Party Suite, and reconnect with fellow operators,” he said. “We’ve been doing this for many years now thanks to the help of Stuart Rosenberg and his connections, and every year it’s a great event.”

  A special thanks to the following event sponsors who help make this a success include: Batting Practice Sponsor Micrologic Associates, Grand Slam Sponsor Innovative Control Systems, Home Run Sponsor Simoniz USA and Triple Play and Ball Park Sponsor ZEP Vehicle Care.

Northeast Regional Carwash Convention

NRCC Convention
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NYSCWA Political Action Committee

The New York State Car Wash Association Political Action Commitee (PAC) is designed to help our lobbyist attend key fundraisers at the state capitol. This helps spread the word about the merits of professional carwashing and the issues that operators across the state face on a daily basis. The PAC is funded by donations that are used solely for this purpose. All money in the PAC is reported to the state in a semi-annual report.

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