The History Behind Strippers and Labor Organizing : Consider This from NPR For the past six months, dancers at the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in Los Angeles have been striking almost every weekend.

This is because the strippers say they've faced unsafe working conditions, including assault and harassment from customers.

After the dancers say they were unable to meet with club managers to discuss their demands and were not allowed to work, they launched an effort to form a union.

This episode also features reporting from NPR's Brianna Scott and KCRW's Robin Estrin.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

Strippers In The U.S. Want Better Work Conditions. Some Are Trying to Unionize

Strippers In The U.S. Want Better Work Conditions. Some Are Trying to Unionize

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Velveeta, a stripper, addresses the crowd attending a rally in support of strippers from the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar on August 19, 2022 in North Hollywood. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Velveeta, a stripper, addresses the crowd attending a rally in support of strippers from the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar on August 19, 2022 in North Hollywood.

Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

For the past six months, dancers at the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in Los Angeles have been striking almost every weekend.

This is because the strippers say they've faced unsafe working conditions, including assault and harassment from customers.

After the dancers say they were unable to meet with club managers to discuss their demands and were not allowed to work, they launched an effort to form a union.

NPR's Juana Summers speaks with Siobhan Brooks, a former dancer and now a professor at Cal State Fullerton, who worked at the first strip club to be successfully unionized in the U.S.

This episode also features reporting from NPR's Brianna Scott and KCRW's Robin Estrin.

In participating regions, you'll also hear a local news segment to help you make sense of what's going on in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Brianna Scott. It was edited by Bridget Kelley. Additional reporting from KCRW's Robin Estrin. Our executive producer is Sami Yenigun.