Their new labor contract includes only one sick day and one holiday, but the dancers at the Lusty Lady strip club hope it has other benefits.
“I hope it shows … that we aren’t a bunch of giggling sorority girls or hopeless drug addicts,” said dancer Jezibel Scott, “but that we are intelligent women who are doing a very hard job and know how to fight for our rights.”
The first-ever contract for Scott and about 90 co-workers at the Lusty Lady - including janitors, bouncers and cashiers - provides pay increases bringing them to an average of $25 an hour.
“Dancers aren’t treated like princesses, they’re treated like kitchen help,” said Scott.
“There’s a very, very large percentage of the sex industry that is legal and certainly ready to be organized,” says Carol Leigh of the Sex Workers Caucus, a San Francisco-based lobbying group.