Hundreds Volunteer To Educate Nail Salon Workers On Their Rights

Sameera Ehteram
Manicurists across New York have the whole city administration up in arms for their rights.

Two weeks after The New York Times published a report about the exploitation New York City nail-salon workers, hundreds of volunteers got together across the to educate the manicurists about their rights.

The report uncovered how nail salon workers were underpaid and subjected to physical and verbal abuse and ethnic bias as well as taken advantage of their lack of awareness.

The report also prompted Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s crackdown on nail salons earlier this month.

"We will not stand idly by as workers are deprived of their hard-earned wages and robbed of their most basic rights," he said.

He also promised a task force investigating the working conditions and rights of manicurists at salons across New York. The workers will be educated on their rights and the employers will have to comply with the best possible working conditions for their staff. Nail salons that aren't complying with these standards will be shut down.

Things came in action. In an overwhelming campaign organized by the de Blasio administration on May 21, city officials and volunteers gathered at nearly 100 subway stations and transit centers across New York and distributed fliers containing relevant information.

They also visited more than 1,000 nail salons in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens areas.

The leaflets had information in various languages telling the manicurists about their rights like wages and sick leave as well as the procedures to achieve all that.

Here are some glimpses of the campaign online:

There are a lot of workers out there in other industries being abused just as much, if not more. It would be great to know that a campaign like this prompts better working conditions for them as well.