dancers won!

Today, dancers from strip clubs who have been organizing with Working WA’s Strippers Are Workers campaign made the trip down to Olympia to be there as something pretty incredible happened: a bill they helped build from the ground up was signed into law. This is a big deal — it’s probably the first time in WA history that a law affecting dancers was actually spearheaded by dancers. Read on to hear Kiki, a dancer at a strip club in Seattle who’s been a leader on the Strippers Are Workers campaign, tell the story of how it all happened.

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TODAY: Governor to sign dancer safety & security bill into law

This bill signing might very well be a first in Washington state legislative history — the first law affecting people who work at strip clubs that was actually initiated by people who work at strip clubs. Dancers at strip clubs have organized with Working Washington to drive the development of this bill with sponsors Rep. Tina Orwall (D - Des Moines) and Sen. Rebecca Saldaña (D - Seattle).

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"Many people in business are classified as exempt from overtime, but should be getting paid for overtime"

“I have over thirty years experience in human resources as a business owner, consultant, and an employee. As an employee, I often worked well beyond the hours for which I was officially paid. In some cases, I worked in a position that was misclassified as “exempt.” Unfortunately, many people in business are classified as exempt from overtime, but should be getting paid for overtime.”

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"My son, who manages a trucking fleet, has a much different experience. "

“He can’t spend quality time with his kids — he doesn’t get home until close to their bedtime, so he can’t share an evening meal with them and keep up with what’s going on in their lives. If he were paid for working overtime, he’d have more money to do things with his kids, he could afford to have his daughter in band, and he might not have to find another place to live because his rent is too expensive.”

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