LA Strippers Move to Unionize

According to The Hill:

Dancers at a Los Angeles-based adult club have moved to form a labor union with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

In a news release on Wednesday, the Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) said that a majority of dancers at North Hollywood’s Star Garden Topless Dive Bar filed a petition to have a union recognition election with the NLRB.

AEA will help with the dancers union bargaining unit, as it already represents more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers employed in live theater.

If the dancers win their election, they will be the only strippers in the U.S. to be represented by a union.

“Strippers are live entertainers, and while some aspects of their job are unique, they have much in common with other Equity members who dance for a living,” AEA President Kate Shindle said in a statement, adding that Star Garden Topless Dive Bar dancers reported issues such as wage theft, health and safety violations, insufficient health benefits, sexual harassment and discrimination and unjust firings.”

The dancers’ move to form a union started in March after the club’s security guards failed to protect dancers from threatening and abusive behavior from customers, leading them to form a demonstration outside the strip club to protest unsafe working conditions.

Read more at The Hill.


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