By Gregor Gall (auth.)

Sex employee Unionisation outlines a extra efficacious version for intercourse employee unionisation dependent upon combining career unionism and social move unionism, and provides an immense examine of industrial association in a special industry.

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3 Sex-worker Union Organizing in North America Introduction The United States of America appears at first sight to be the best place to begin analysing contemporary sex-worker unionization. This is because it has one of the biggest and most advanced domestic sex industries in the world as a result of the size of its population, economy and particular culture. Its porn industry is the biggest of any country and it contains 4,000 clubs with 250,000 women working as exotic dancers (Roach 2007:15).

Upon hearing this and with no other offers from a conventional capitalist enterprise to buy the business, the dancers (and support staff) decided to buy it themselves. Their motivation was not just to save jobs but to take the opportunity to work for themselves, own the ‘means of the production’ as they put it, and own a business and run it as they wished. Initially union recognition 34 Sex Worker Unionization and union membership were retained because not all staff were employee-owners and because of uncertainty over the future of the business despite many pushing for the disbandment of the union.

One was that they were increasingly Sex-worker Union Organizing in North America 29 classified as ‘independent contactors’ and, thus, not eligible to avail themselves of the (limited) rights of workers, especially the ability to use the NLRB to organize a ballot for union recognition. If the ballot were won, then the employer is legally compelled to collectively bargain over terms and conditions of employment. The second was that the practice of labour unionism in the United States is not ‘open source’ unionism.

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