Rodead Inc. refuses to recognize the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union Local 10

Rodead Inc. refuses to recognize the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union Local 10

Strippers at a North Hollywood club want a union. Management has challenged their ballots. The union has challenged theirs. Is the U.S. Supreme Court on the verge of overturning California’s labor laws?

DOUGLAS JEFFERIES and JENNIFER STEIB, with APTN.

Dana Haynes, of North Hollywood, says he wants a union and wants to vote in a union election. But he says his employer, Rodead Inc., has refused to recognize the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union Local 10, which represents his workers in an earlier arbitration case.

“I want to be part of a union where we can do certain things, but I don’t think my boss wants me to be part of a union, so my boss has said no to me,” said Haynes, adding that he’s been told by the company that he has to pay for union dues.

He’s filing a federal lawsuit accusing his employer of violating the state labor laws, but also asking a federal judge to invalidate his union election, which the union argues is illegal.

“We cannot win this case, but we will certainly take it all the way,” said Larry Grossman, attorney for the union.

Haynes, 53, said he’s not willing to settle out of court.

“I’m just trying to be an equal and work with my fellow male workers, so I have no problem going outside of work to get it done at home,” he said.

The company said it doesn’t believe the union, despite a vote in March.

After a three-month arbitration hearing, Rodead agreed to sign a three-year contract in February. In the contract, Rodead agreed to recognize the union and to put an end to all the grievances filed by the workers.

“There is no dispute between the parties that Rodead has a collective bargaining agreement with Local 10,” said

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