The performers at The Basement escape room in Sylmar have announced they are unionizing with Actors' Equity Association, the national labor union representing more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers in live theatre.
These workers have filed for recognition with the National Labor Relations Board, and if their employer fails to offer them voluntary recognition, they are confident that the NLRB will certify their signed commitment cards. This will make The Basement's California location the first unionized escape room in the United States.
The award-winning escape room first opened in 2014 and also has locations in Kansas City and Las Vegas. Three of the four L.A. experiences utilize live performers as groups of visitors attempt to solve puzzles as they work their way through an interactive horror story.