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Lusty Lady, world's only unionzed gentleman's club, closing San Francisco doors in 2 weeks
San Francisco Examiner ^ | 8/20/2013

Posted on 08/21/2013 2:25:11 AM PDT by markomalley

The venerable San Francisco gentleman's club the Lusty Lady Theatre announced Tuesday that it is closing its doors in two weeks.

The North Beach venue, which calls itself the only unionized, worker-owned strip club in the world, is closing after nearly four decades of serving The City 24 hours a day with a diverse lineup of adult entertainment.

"Dear Ladies and Friends in the Community," began an announcement posted on the Lusty Lady's website and Facebook page Tuesday. "It is with shaking hands & tear stained cheeks that I write to say, we just heard from our land lord, they will NOT agree to a new lease, they are closing our doors. They have given us just TWO WEEKS. WE CLOSE OUR DOORS AND SAY GOODBYE on 9/2/13. Please help us spread the word, and make it a glorious & glamorous two weeks!

"Thank you so much for all the love and support over the years!"

The worker-owned club opened up in 1976 with private booths for patrons. In 1983, the owners decided to incorporate live entertainment, where people could watch and interact with nude women.

Things got contentious at the club a few years later when "unsavory" business practices began taking place. According to the Lusty Lady's website, several one-way windows where performers could not see the customer they were dancing for were installed, which led to concealed cameras and video activity taking place without dancers' consent.

That's when a group of employees approached the Service Employees International Union Local 790 and, after some negotiations among union officials and the near-unanimous signing of union cards, an election was planned.

All this was followed by lawyers, nasty exchanges, picket lines and, yes, a lockout.

However, in April 1997, the Lusty Lady's employees voted to unionize, forming the world's only Exotic Dancers Union.

But as more and more people started to get their kicks on the Internet, adult entertainment clubs like the Lusty Lady faced dwindling crowds and declining revenues. By 2003, the owners said they could "feel the end was near."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; US: California
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"Look for the union label"
1 posted on 08/21/2013 2:25:11 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Say it ain’t so Joe. . . . .


2 posted on 08/21/2013 2:41:22 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Obummer don't Care. . . .)
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To: DeaconRed

And a week later Lusty Lonnie’s opens for business


3 posted on 08/21/2013 2:46:04 AM PDT by GeronL
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To: GeronL

Good guess.


4 posted on 08/21/2013 2:56:44 AM PDT by Ronin (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life - Rep. L. Gohmert, Tex)
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To: markomalley

Another outlet for “Man’s Country”?


5 posted on 08/21/2013 3:07:16 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Obama: the bearded lady of Muslim Brotherhood))
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To: markomalley

Shortage of Lusty Men?


6 posted on 08/21/2013 3:08:05 AM PDT by Swirl
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To: markomalley
... the only unionized, worker-owned strip club in the world, is closing after nearly four decades

Couldn't fire the workers, and who wants to see sixty year old strippers?

7 posted on 08/21/2013 3:09:15 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: markomalley
"Look for the union label"

Ok. So if they're strippers.... where do you look?

8 posted on 08/21/2013 3:13:42 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: markomalley

Can’t the Union shop it to a leftist judge and rule that the LL must keep its business open?


9 posted on 08/21/2013 3:22:51 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Second Amendment First

A dedicated shop steward was at a convention in Las Vegas and decided to check out the local brothels.
When he got to the first one, he asked the madame, “Is this a union house?”

“No, I’m sorry it isn’t.”

“Well, if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?”

“The house gets $80 and the girls get $20.”

Highly offended at such unfair dealings, the man stomped off down the street in search of a more equitable shop. His search continued for a while, until he finally he reached a brothel where the madame said, “Why yes, this is a union house.”

“And if I pay you $100, what cut do the girls get?”

“The girls get $80 and the house gets $20.”

“That’s more like it!” the man said. He looked around the room and pointed to a stunningly attractive redhead. “I’d like her for the night.”

“I’m sure you would, sir,” said the madame,... gesturing to a fat fifty-year-old woman in the corner, “...but Bertha here has seniority!”


10 posted on 08/21/2013 3:36:17 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

Perfect!


11 posted on 08/21/2013 3:38:12 AM PDT by Second Amendment First
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To: markomalley

The end is near...


12 posted on 08/21/2013 3:40:30 AM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: Swirl

Apparently the landlord won’t renew their lease. Can’t they relocate? Or maybe the Pink Mafia doesn’t like the idea of a straight establishment operating in San Francisco?


13 posted on 08/21/2013 4:30:41 AM PDT by rbg81
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To: tbpiper
"Look for the union label"

Ok. So if they're strippers.... where do you look?

Tattoo on the ass.

14 posted on 08/21/2013 4:34:28 AM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: markomalley

When milk is free, why buy a cow?


15 posted on 08/21/2013 4:38:47 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: markomalley

So old, union strippers performing in a town with a huge gay population turns out to be a bad business model? Who would have thought?


16 posted on 08/21/2013 6:01:34 AM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: markomalley

If it was a homosexual hangout, declining to renew the lease would be chargeable as a hate crime.


17 posted on 08/21/2013 7:16:40 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: markomalley

A strong union guy in the city for a convention wanted a whore. He went into a whore-house and asked the madam if it was a union shop. She said “no”, so he left in a huff and went to another. This one turned out to be a union whorehouse, so he said “Great, I would like that luscious blonde over there”. “Sorry”, said the madam, “Sadie over here is 74 and she has seniority”.


18 posted on 08/21/2013 7:21:55 AM PDT by expat2
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To: markomalley

SEIU - We’ll service you like no other union.. even marriage.


19 posted on 08/21/2013 8:46:23 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: markomalley

In S.F. ?

Must be to many fags giving it away for free.


20 posted on 08/21/2013 1:10:31 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: markomalley

Another union success story !


21 posted on 08/21/2013 3:31:27 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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