NY Nail Salon Workers Association

Nail Salon Workers Come Together

The New York Nail Salon Workers Association (NYNSWA) is comprised of nail salon workers uniting to improve the working conditions, to one of dignity and respect, for all workers in the nail salon industry. 

NYNSWA, established in 2016, has an active membership of 700 immigrant women nail salon workers who are all required to participate in four “Know Your Rights” workshops on wage and hours, immigration, labor, and health & safety rights.

Members also have access to the NYNSWA’s nail specialty licensing program that allows an affordable and accessible pathway for workers to obtain their “Nail Specialty License” through the lens of worker rights and popular education. The licensing program is in partnership with the New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health. 

“We are fighting to change an industry of abuse and low wages into an industry of dignity and justice.” Araceli Ramirez, nail salon worker, New York City.

These inspiring nail salon workers, many of which are immigrant women, are standing together in the NY Nail Salon Workers Association are committed to consolidating the victories they have already achieved, ensuring that all nail salons have proper ventilation systems and employees are paid for the hours they work. They are committed to making respect and justice standard features in their workplace. They are committed to transforming an industry they love but also endure.

Consumers can help transform the nail salon industry into a just, sustainable, and healthy one by standing in solidarity with immigrant workers, the majority Latinx and Asian women, who deserve dignity, health and justice.

What can I do as a consumer?

Support worker organizing! Read more at http://nyhealthynailsalons.org/for-consumers/


The New York Nail Salon Workers Association is a project of the New York New Jersey Regional Joint Board, Workers United.