On June 19, a group of workers plans to picket outside an unlikely location: Union Jacks strip club.
It’s the only club out of nearly 30 Portland establishments that won’t agree to demands to ensure fair treatment of black dancers.
“Who’s gonna cross a strike line of angry-ass strippers?” says Cat Hollis, a dancer who organized the Portland Stripper Strike.
The picket line is a signal that the national movement for racial justice has extended to the quintessentially Portland institution of strip clubs.
More than 100 dancers have issued the following demands to club owners: require cultural sensitivity training on a regular basis for all club staff, owners and management; ensure that black dancers get fair hiring opportunities and desirable shifts; and require owners and managers to participate in listening sessions with black dancers to learn about their experiences working at Portland clubs.
They’re calling themselves the Haymarket Pole Cooperative, which is fantastic.