Rolling Stone: Strippers on Strike No More: Star Garden Dancers Get Their Union Recognized in Major Victory

It’s been a 15-month-long battle for the strippers of North Hollywood’s Star Garden Topless Dive Bar. But on Tuesday, the dancers became the only unionized strippers in the nation, with what Actors’ Equity is calling a “complete victory.”

The strippers first went on strike on March 18, 2022, following repeated (and ignored) demands for a safer and cleaner workspace. They blocked the sidewalk, dancing and performing to prevent people from entering the bar, which eventually had to close. They also filed for a union election with the Actors’ Equity Association— a union that typically represents actors and stage performers.