From coffee houses to newsrooms, workers in just about every industry are moving toward unionizing to improve working conditions and job protection. This week, a more unexpected and disenfranchised group of workers are moving toward unionization: strippers.
In mid-March, 15 dancers at the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in North Hollywood submitted a petition for better and safer working conditions, allegedly resulting in retaliation in the form of being barred from work. According to the Los Angeles Times, after weeks of protesting outside the club, attempting to dissuade patrons with their accounts of a poor and unsafe environment, the dancers are taking serious action to fight for basic worker protection. The former employees of the strip club have petitioned for union elections. Here’s what you need to know:
The Star Garden couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. In a July statement to BuzzFeed, Star Garden’s lawyer denied “all allegations of misconduct” and described them as “maliciously false,” saying, “We have no further comment save to say we look forward to complete vindication in the proper legal forum.”