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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

A Labor Union For Porn Stars?

Inside These Times reports that an apparent well known porn star named Jenna Jameson is calling for the creation of a union for porn stars. Her reasoning appears to be serious-to stop the spread of AIDS. One porn start was recently infected. The article reports that in 2004 a different porn star was infected and passed AIDS to 3 of his 14 partners. 

Jameson's logic is that with a union, porn stars would more likely report unsafe sex practices to California OSHA which has apparently imposed mandatory rules prohibiting unprotected sex. 

As readers know, I am a strong proponent of unions, but I cannot see how forming a multi-employer union will result in safer sex practices. Frankly, a lawsuit by infected porn stars against the employers for allowing this practice to continue would be more effective. If porn stars want to form a union to organize such a suit or to better their terms and conditions of employment, then unionization may be a good idea. 

Only in California!

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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Comments

Like all other voluminous CBAs, work conditions would certainly be a part of the CBA. Moreover, with the wonders of collective bargaining, porn stars would, in theory, have greater bargaining power for higher wages, thus minimizing their exposure (double entendre intended). If there was ever a cohort of workers who could benefit from collective bargaining, it would be porn stars.

Posted by: Sujan Vasavada | Oct 25, 2010 8:25:02 AM

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