By Susan Payne
An official from the National Labor Relations Board gave strippers at a Los Angeles club approval to unionize earlier this month.
Mori Rubin, the regional director of NLRB, scheduled a mail ballot for exotic dancers and disc jockeys at Star Garden Topless Dive Bar to be mailed by Oct. 14 and counted on Nov. 7, according to Bloomberg News.
The order setting an election for the dancers to possibly select Actors’ Equity Association as the bargaining representative is a step forward to making Star Garden the first unionized strop club since 1996, according to Bloomberg.
Union campaigns are taking off among retail and service industries, including the most recent at Starbucks Corp. coffee shops, Apple Inc. retail stores and Trader Joes grocery stores.
Bloomberg reported that while employment classification is a heavily litigated issue in the exotic dancing industry, a Trump-era NLRB decision found dancers to be employees under the NLRA.
Star Garden’s attorneys were not immediately responsive to request for comments to Bloomberg.