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Lusty Lady Dancers Vote To Unionize

Sun., Sept. 1, 1996, midnight

It wasn’t your typical voting booth, sitting at the end of a dark row of peep show doors and a sign advertising “Nasty Nymphos” and “Transsexual Sex Fiends.”

But it served its purpose for nude dancers at the Lusty Lady. The women who wiggle nightly for 25 cents a look voted 57-15 to join a union, apparently the only nude dancers to do so in the nation.

“This is a historical moment, fantastic for sex workers everywhere,” said Dawn Passar, co-founder of the Exotic Dancers Alliance, an advocacy group that joined with the Service Employees International Union, Local 790, to engineer the vote.

“I think it’s great, although I’m not surprised we won,” said a dancer who identified herself as Jane. “It was kind of anticlimactic, after fighting for it for so long. Watching them count the votes was really unreal.”

“(Management) is not going to be able to do things without us anymore,” Jane said. “They’ll have to be more concrete and consistent.”


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