Nail salon technicians experience harrowing conditions on the job: labor rights violations at their workplace, wage theft, health and safety concerns which have worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. With no proper ventilation and little personal protective equipment, nail salon workers are risking their lives to barely earn a minimum wage.
Now, nail salon workers are not just sharing their experiences, they are also speaking up about their ideas for solutions. In January of 2022, nail salon workers and advocates introduced a bill, the Nail Salon Minimum Standards Act, in the state legislature proposing a council to bring together workers, employers and the state to co-create ways to bring industry-wide change.
Whether we realize it or not, nail salons are not just momentary sanctuaries of self-care, they’re an instrumental part of our neighborhoods and our communities. In New York alone, there are an estimated 5,700 salons in every corner of the state, and tens of thousands of nail technicians. They are women of color, immigrants, mothers, daughters, your neighbors, and caretakers. Sign the pledge today to show your support for nail salon workers and the Nail Salon Minimum Standards Act!