A group of dancers working at the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, just won their battle to form the only current union for strippers in the country.
It’s been a 15-month-long battle for the strippers of North Hollywood’s Star Garden Topless Dive Bar. But on Tuesday, the dancers became the only unionized strippers in the nation, with what Actors’ Equity is calling a “complete victory.”
More than a year after launching an effort to unionize, dancers at a topless dive bar in Los Angeles are close to becoming the only unionized group of strippers in the U.S.
The owners of Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in North Hollywood expect to recognize and negotiate with a union of strippers who had been dismissed from the club in March 2022, when they protested for safe working conditions and picketed outside for months.
Dancers at a bar in Los Angeles are poised to become the only organized group of strippers in the United States after their employer agreed to recognize their union, marking the culmination of a 15-month effort that is a victory for long-marginalized adult-entertainment workers across the nation.
The club agreed not to block the dancers from affiliating with Actors’ Equity, a move that would be the industry’s first unionization since the 1990s.
Dancers at a North Hollywood topless bar will become the only strippers in the United States to gain union recognition after the club’s management withdrew challenges to their guild election, the union announced Tuesday.
The Actors' Equity union reached an agreement with The Broadway League, the organization representing show producers.
Membership voted to approve the contract after the union had issued a strike threat earlier this month.
The planetarium lecturers at Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles have unionized.
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