LAW 360: Calif. Dancers Moving To Form Nation's Only Strip Club Union

Amid an organizing wave that has seen unions gain footholds at many previously nonunion businesses, a group of workers in California has just sought an election at perhaps the most novel workplace yet: the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in North Hollywood.

Performing artists union Actors' Equity Association petitioned Aug. 18 for an election to represent dancers at the Star Garden following months of protests over safety conditions and other concerns. Should the dancers secure an election and vote in favor of the union, they will form the only bargaining unit of strippers in the country and just the third ever.