BK laundry workers say hazardous working conditions may prompt strike

CROWN HEIGHTS - Laundry workers in Brooklyn say hazardous working conditions may soon force them to go on strike.

The workers at Central Laundry Service in Crown Heights say they deal with dangerous hospital paraphernalia every day. The workers clean the uniforms and linens for hospitals, hotels and restaurants. The union is now asking for a raise of at least 75 cents to a dollar for the workers. However, the laundry industry is only offering a raise of 16 cents.

The Central Laundry Service is one of six Laundromats where workers are threatening to walk off the job. The workers? rights board, made up of community leaders, religious leaders and elected officials, is expected to hear workers? testimonies of their working conditions. The union is also expected to explain why workers need a higher raise.

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