The country officially has a federally recognized strippers union.
“Topless dancers at a strip club in Los Angeles have voted to form the only union for their work in the US after a prolonged fight with management.
Performers at the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in North Hollywood unanimously voted to collectivize on Thursday.
The 15-month long effort ended this week after the owners withdrew their opposition to unionization.
The group says they are fighting for better pay and benefits, healthcare, and safer workplace conditions.
All 17 dancers voted in favor of the measure during a ballot count held virtually and in person by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) on Thursday.
The decision was emotional, according to CBS News, the BBC’s US partner. After the vote was held, several people cheered and cried, the network reported.
‘The NLRB just counted our votes and it’s official!! We are UNIONIZED!! We did it!!’ the dancers said on Twitter.
The dancers will join the Actor’s Equity Association, a entertainment union representing over 51,000 workers.
‘Strippers are live entertainers. While some elements of their job are unique, they are essentially performance artists and have a lot in common with other Equity members who dance for a living,’ Actors’ Equity President Kate Shindle said in a statement.”
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