Prominent Los Angeles topless bar dancers are poised to achieve a significant milestone as they prepare to become the first unionized group of strippers in the United States. After months of organizing efforts, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is set to conduct a union recognition election for the dancers later this week.
The journey toward unionization began in March of 2022 when dancers at the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar faced numerous challenges, including a lack of protection from threatening and abusive behavior by patrons, health and safety concerns, and instances of wage theft.
With the support of the Actors’ Equity Association, the union representing performers in the entertainment industry, the dancers embarked on a year-long effort to organize and advocate for their rights. In October, their petition for a union recognition election was approved by the NLRB, signaling a significant step forward. However, the process faced a delay as the bar, Star Garden, challenged the validity of certain voters.
However, positive progress has been made as Star Garden and the union have reached a resolution, resulting in the withdrawal of the challenges. Star Garden has also agreed to dismiss its bankruptcy case, allowing the bar to reopen within the next 30-60 days. This development also means that the dancers who were dismissed last year will be reinstated, providing them with an opportunity to return to their profession.
Numerous pickets and protests took place outside the Star Garden establishment, amplifying their demands for fair treatment and recognition. Now, with the NLRB scheduled to count the unionization votes, the dancers are on the cusp of making history as the first group of strippers to achieve union representation in the United States.
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