OPB: Portland Strippers Vote to Unionize, Could Get Official Recognition Later This Week

When a Portland stripper with the stage name Creature started working at the Magic Tavern in February, she liked the look of the club.

“Magic Tavern just had that aesthetic that really fit me,” Creature said. “It had the little old metal bar feel.”

She enjoyed working there at first but said she soon realized there were safety issues at the club, like no security cameras, improperly installed poles for dancers, and no dedicated security staff for night shifts. Then in March, Creature said two dancers were fired after asking managers to make the club safer. In April, the strippers went on strike.