As Ricochet's resident San Franciscan, I bring tidings of important news: America's sole unionized strip club, finding itself unable to turn a profit, is on course to shut its doors.
Touted as "the most pro-feminist strip club in the city–and maybe in history," the Lusty Lady joined the SEIU fifteen years ago. Shortly thereafter, the business began to falter (no doubt on account of the effect unionization had on profits) and the club's exotic dancers banded together to purchase it for $400,000, transforming it into a co-op.
From there, the Lusty Lady's business tactics became progressively more San Franciscan. For example, the board of directors prioritized political correctness over profits which led them to employ "diverse body types and ethnically diverse dancers."
And so the business has driven itself to the brink of extinction. But lest you start worrying about the strippers who may find themselves without a dancing gig, take heart — a number of them have useful credentials that should help them line up other prospects:
"Since 2008 my paychecks have been going down, down, down," said Bijou. "I'm making half of what I was making when I started in 2005."
She says she's out of the Pleasure Booth and out in the job market, where she hopes to use the doctorate she says she earned in sociology. [emphasis added]