Unionizing campaigns sweeping workplaces throughout the nation now embrace a strip membership in North Hollywood. On Thursday, a majority of 30 dancers employed on the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar filed a petition with the NLRB to carry an election to be represented on the bargaining desk by Actors’ Equity Association.
If the dancers win their election and the outcomes are licensed by the National Labor Relations Board, the Star Garden employees would turn into the one strippers within the United States represented by a union. The bargaining unit could be affiliated with Actors’ Equity, the nationwide labor union representing greater than 51,000 skilled actors and stage managers employed in reside theater.
This is a primary for Equity, however it’s not the primary time strippers have sought union recognition. In 1996, strippers at San Francisco’s Lusty Lady organized the Exotic Dancers Union in 1996. They have been affiliated with the Service Employees International Union till the membership closed in 2013.
“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,” stated Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle. “In my conversations with them, these dancers reported consistent compensation issues — including significant wage theft — along with health and safety risks and violations. They want health insurance and other benefits, like workers’ compensation. They need protection from sexual harassment, discrimination and unjust terminations. Equity is well situated to advocate for these workers, and we are excited to welcome them into the labor movement at this extraordinary time. We applaud their efforts to seize their collective power and unionize, like so many others across the country who are fed up with toxic workplaces. When they approached us for support, we did what unions should do: We said yes.”
The unionizing marketing campaign started in March when the membership’s safety guards reportedly failed to guard dancers from threatening and abusive conduct from patrons. Dancers there, with the assist of Strippers United, a nonprofit group that advocates for strippers’ rights, started picketing exterior the membership to protest unsafe working situations.
“We like what we do,” stated Velveeta, a Star Garden dancer. “We would like our jobs even more if we had basic worker protections. We’re like so many other workers who have learned that it’s not a choice between suffering abuse or quitting. With a union, together, we can make needed improvements to our workplace.”
An Instragram submit from a couple of months in the past reveals Reagan, a lady recognized as “a Stripper Strike NoHo organizer and Star Garden dancer,” addressing a crowd about threats she has acquired from membership patrons and extra.
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Strippers United stated in an announcement: “Strippers United stands in solidarity with the Star Garden dancers as they partner with Equity to form the first stripper union in over 25 years. We are excited and proud to see this next step take place, and Strippers United will be in close connection with these fierce workers as their journey continues on.”
A rally in assist of Star Garden’s dancers might be held exterior Equity’s North Hollywood places of work a6 6:30 p.m. Friday. Afterward, Shindle and Equity members will be part of Star Garden’s dancers on the picket line at Star Garden Topless Dive Bar.