Founded in 2014 by Adhikaar and the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), and joined by Workers United NY NJ Regional Joint Board in 2015, the NY Healthy Nail Salons Coalition was formed around the central idea that nail salon workers deserve just jobs: healthy workplaces with living wages and a voice in their working conditions.

The Coalition includes workers, community, occupational health, consumer, and public interest law organizations to combat wage theft, health and safety violations, and other abuses in the nail salon industry. Since its founding, the coalition won the nation’s first Nail Salon Workers’ Bill of Rights in 2015, and successfully advocated to eliminate the tipped subminimum wage for nail salon workers in 2019.

The NY Healthy Nail Salons Coalition and its member organizations support nail salon workers through:

  1. Organizing: We believe that workers have the power to transform the nail salon industry. We support nail salon workers in telling their own stories, building collective power, and organizing for just conditions.
  2. Campaigns: We build power with workers and our allies to win just and healthy workplaces by advocating for policies that expand protections to nail salon workers.
  3. Training & Education: The New York Nail Salon Workers School is a project administered by NYCOSH with partners at Workers United and Adhikaar. The School serves primarily Latina and Asian immigrant women nail salon workers and teaches important on-the-job skills for workers to advocate for their rights, stay safe on the job, and become licensed manicurists.
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