Support for unions in America is at its highest level since 1965. The labor movement has been revitalized, from employees at Starbucks and Amazon to sex workers. Strippers and sex workers are more organized than ever, and they are unionizing! From Star Garden in California to the United Sex Workers in the U.K. and the 5-million-strong AINSW network in India, all are fighting for better working conditions and a better life.
In February 2022, three dancers were fired and 15 locked out of the Star Garden in North Hollywood following complaints of unsafe working conditions, and the strippers went on strike. After months of picketing, they were granted an election toward unionization by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and are now well on their way to becoming the first strip club to join a guild since 1996.