Something we’ve been hearing lately, is that some strippers think that Soldiers of Pole made it up, wrote it.  Well, no. We do not have that much power.  However, we are in full support of it.  Because it backs up the ABC Contractor Rules and puts us in a position of power.  Because we are now legally classified as employees, we can unionize.  We could not unionize efficiently in the past because the law wasn’t being enforced as strongly as it is now.  

So, what is AB5 exactly and who wrote it? Let’s start with the badass woman who made it happen.  Assemblywoman, Lorena Gonzales was the driving force behind this measure.  “California Assembly Bill 5 or AB 5 is a state statute that codifies into law a landmark Supreme Court of California case, Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court.[1] In that case, the court held that most workers are employees, ought to be classified as such, and the burden of proof for classifying individuals as independent contractors belongs to the hiring entity.” ~ Wikipedia

Soldiers of Pole oppose the misguided and harmful efforts to undermine AB 5 by some in th entertainement industry.  For decades, strip club owners have relied on the extortion of dancers to make their profit. Misclassifying dancers as independent contractors has allowed club owners to shirk their responsibilities such as worker’s compensation, a sexual
harassment policy, anti-discriminatory hiring policies and providing humane benefits that
might customarily be provided to other workers. AB 5 levels the playing field for
vulnerable workers.

The business model strip club owners have relied on for years is now exposed. The misclassification of dancers has led to countless accounts of wage theft, assault, and in some cases, sex trafficking. We look forward to strip club owners complying with the law so that dancers across California can have the basic protections they deserve.  AB 5 has the ability to give strippers and other live performers—like musicians— a voice in a field of work that would not exist without their labor. Forcing strip clubs to come correct grants dancers, singers and other creatives the same rights and entitlements
guaranteed to all employees in the state of California.

Strip club owners misclassify workers because it benefits them — not because it benefits dancers. Financial security – higher wages, better benefits and workers’ comp – these are a few things that can be achieved by dancers negotiating for it, as employees and through a union.

Stand with us, entertainers. Please be informed. Siding with billionaire companies like Uber who are attempting to hire through a 3 rd party app will corrode our hard-earned workers’ rights. Appealing AB5 is agreeing that craven exploitation is acceptable and “above the law.” Come on, California creatives, Pelosi and Schiff just held Trump accountable for this same belief. Don’t fall for it. We need labor reform now.