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**I have finally found my calling!... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/pimp.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":tame:"><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Strippers' union ratifies contract<br><br>
Friday, January 31, 2003 Posted: 7:54 AM EST (1254 GMT)<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Workers at the nation's only unionized<br><br>
strip club ratified a new contract that restores a pay cut made almost two<br><br>
years ago and improves some benefits.<br><br><br><br>
The two-year contract with the Lusty Lady gradually raises the strippers'<br><br>
pay by $3 per hour, according to the union. The contract ratified Jan. 17<br><br>
also increases sick pay to 11/2 days.<br><br><br><br>
"We were pretty successful," said Natasha, a union negotiator and Lusty<br><br>
Lady employee who uses just one name.<br><br><br><br>
Strippers last month took to the street outside the club in San Francisco's<br><br>
touristy North Beach neighborhood to protest management's refusal to bring<br><br>
strippers' pay back to a top scale of $27 an hour.<br><br><br><br>
The agreement adds $2 per shift in the first year and $4 per shift in the<br><br>
second year for dancers' prep time to do their hair and makeup. It also<br><br>
lowers a hiring cap, to ensure there are enough shifts to go around.<br><br><br><br>
"There's too many people for the number of shifts, so people weren't<br><br>
getting the number of shifts they were asking for," Natasha said.<br><br><br><br>
The strippers belong to the Exotic Dancers Union, a chapter of the Service<br><br>
Employees International Union, Local 790.<br><br><br><br>
Club manager Darrell Davis declined comment.
 

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Will he be "tame" by comparison to KC's chapter?
 

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This might give new meaning to the jingle: "Look for the union label ..." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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...because the label might be the only thing they're wearing.
 

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Hey! My husband is a union steward. He works late into the nights and says he's at meetings. Should I check which firm he's with?
 

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You can check, but the bad guys are good at being sneaky... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)"> j/k
 

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That's great news. I didn't know there was a unionized strip club in the city. I'm ashamed to admit that I wouldn't think many strippers the type that would take it upon themselves to organize. I'm impressed!
 

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Because I just saw it for the first time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Actually - when I worked as a stripper I would have loved someone as *cough* aggressive as you on my side in dealing with management! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
BTW: We used to get a *LOT* more than $27 an hour!!! I used to earn up to 1K on a Friday night if we were busy! - paid for my university education <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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This post is over a year old, so I googled to see the latest news.<br><br><br><br>
Apparently the unionization caused the club to shut down.<br><br><br><br>
PS: I didn't know you worked as a stripper, D. That's so cool. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/elf.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":elf:">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>mikie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Because I just saw it for the first time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></div>
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<br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"><br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thinking.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":think:"> That's a lot of freakin' money, Descentia....<br><br><br><br>
But I'm too innocent... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/angel.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":angel:"><br><br><br><br>
Really. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"><br><br><br><br>
Okay, so I'm mostly shy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":shy:">
 

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<div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Descentia</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
BTW: We used to get a *LOT* more than $27 an hour!!! I used to earn up to 1K on a Friday night if we were busy! - paid for my university education <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p"></div>
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<div class="quote-block">The Lusty Ladies differ than other strip club performers. They only earn hourly wages and can't boost their pay with pricey lap dances or even with dollar bills tucked into a g-string or thrown onto a stage because they have no contact with the customer. They can only gyrate and titillate behind a glass wall, making that $3 an hour very important to them.</div>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kpickell</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Apparently the unionization caused the club to shut down.</div>
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The unionization most certainly <i>did not</i> cause the strip club to close down, management caused the strip club to close down.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>kpickell</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Evil unions. :p</div>
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<div class="quote-block">The dancers originally unionized because the management installed one way mirrors in which customers could videotape the girls, without them knowing, and sell the tape as porn films with the girls giving no consent and getting no compensation.<br><br><br><br>
They also had no sick days, the old policy being that you had to work while you were sick unless you found a replacement; something that anyone who has ever worked knows is not the easiest thing to do. One woman even had to keep working while still having a miscarriage.</div>
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Yeah, evil unions. Because the self-interest of the minority capitalist class should always be more important than the self-interest of the majority laboring class. kpickell, should I remind you which class you're a member of? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dunce.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dunce:">
 
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