Street Roots: Magic Tavern Dancers Striking to Be Second Unionized Club in US

Within months of Magic Tavern opening in November 2022, dancers at the Portland strip club said they realized it had significant security and safety issues.

When some dancers spoke up, management fired or removed them from the schedule for “excessive complaining and inappropriate comments,” dancers said.

Workers went on strike April 4, calling attention to what they describe as unsafe and hostile working conditions and demanding the owner increase protective measures. Four days later, the workers decided to form a union — which, if approved by workers, will make Magic Tavern only the second unionized strip club in the United States.