Industrial laundries must now obtain licenses and comply with NYC regulations

Thursday, July 14, 2016, 5:54 PM

The City Council voted Thursday to clean up dirty laundries at the city’s large industrial wash centers, requiring them to get licenses and submit to city regulations.

Regular laundromats and dry cleaners have long been required to get licenses, but the industrial laundries that clean linens for hotels, restaurants and hospitals were exempt until the legislation passed.

“It closes a gaping loophole,” said Councilman Ritchie Torres (D-Bronx), the sponsor. “There are millions of people who eat at our restaurants, stay at our hotels, seek care at our hospitals who come into contact with fabrics laundered by industrial laundries, and those industrial laundries have not been regulated for years.”

Critics say many of the laundries subject their workers to sweatshop-like conditions, and lack protections to make sure contaminated sheets and towels aren’t sent back to hospitals and hotels.

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Supporters of the CLEAN Act:

  • New York Communities for Change
  • Make the Road New York
  • New York Immigration Coalition
  • SEIU Local 32BJ
  • SEIU Committee of Interns and Residents
  • Workers United Laundry Distribution and Food Service Joint Board
  • 1199 SEIU
  • Local 2013 of the UFCW