We've mentioned once or twice the labor strife besetting the Lusty Lady in
San Francisco, the nation's only unionized strip club. In the latest development,
the dancers there have ratified a new contract that restores a pay cut made
almost two years ago and improves some benefits.
The two-year contract gradually raises the strippers' pay by $3 per hour, according
to the union. The contract ratified Jan. 17 also increases sick pay to 11/2
"We were pretty successful," said Natasha, a union negotiator and
Lusty Lady employee who uses just one name.
Strippers last month took to the street outside the club in San Francisco's
touristy North Beach neighborhood to protest management's refusal to bring strippers'
pay back to a top scale of $27 an hour.
The agreement adds $2 per shift in the first year and $4 per shift in the second
year for dancers' prep time to do their hair and makeup. It also lowers a hiring
cap, to ensure there are enough shifts to go around.
The Associated Press, via CNN.com