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(en) US, Update from the Somerville Theatre Projectionists Struggle by Pissed Off Projectionist

From Angry Projectionists <pissed_off_projectionists@yahoo.com>
Date Fri, 16 May 2003 07:57:16 +0200 (CEST)


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It has been two weeks since we made our demand for
union recognition. Not only does Mel Fraiman continue
to ignore the rights of his workers to organize, but
also continues to show the people of Somerville that
he does not care about their opinion. Despite the huge
turn-out on the picket line and scores of people who
are will not patronize the theatre until the union is
recognized, Mel Fraiman will not budge. The only
answer to our problem is escalation!

Locked Out?

Although the management is legally required to take
the striking projectionists back to work, they have
thus far refused to do so. It has been one week and
our legal right to return to work is still being
denied.

Dirty Tactics

The management has hired scab replacements, who have
never worked as projectionists, in an attempt to stuff
the ballot box with anti-union votes and artificially
"win" the NLRB election. They have also told the NLRB
that the assistant managers are also projectionists,
which is not true. This has all been done in an
attempt to undermine the fact that an overwhelming
majority of the projectionists have signed union
cards.

Never Cross A Picket Line

We ask that our supporters continue to honor the
picket line which extends to Mel's other theatre
(Arlington Capitol Theatre), even on days that we are
not able to picket. If you have already bought tickets
for a concert, we ask that you consider not buying
anything from the concession stand as this is where
the theatre makes a large portion of its profits.

Pickets this Weekend - Friday & Saturday, May 16-17,
5pm Davis Square!

Keep the Pressure On!!

Call Dorothy Gay, the mayor of Somerville, and let her
know that the union-busting tactics of the Somerville
Theatre management should not be tolerated in her
city: 617-625-6600 ext. 2100

Please let management of the Somerville Theatre know
how you feel about their refusal to recognize the
projectionists union.

Mel Fraiman (owner) - Phone: (617) 484-6947 Car Phone:
(617) 460-6909 Personal Fax: (617) 484-5823, FEI
office - (781) 648-6022

If you can cannot reach Mel on his personal phone,
please try the Somerville Theatre's parent companies -
Chatam Light/Dunster Realty - Phone: (617) 354-4466
Fax (617) 354-5299

Ian Judge (general manager) - Somerville Theatre
Phone: (617) 625-4088 Direct to manager phone: (617)
625-0261 Fax: (617) 625-5496

You can also write a letter on our behalf:

Mel Fraiman (residence): 48 Village Hill Road,
Belmont, MA 02478

Fraiman Enterprises Inc.: 15 Story St. Cambridge, MA
02138

Chatham Light Realty/Dunster Realty: 15 Story St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Solidarity,

Somerville Theatre Projectionists
Pissed_Off_Projectionists@yahoo.com

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Background information on the Somerville
Projectionists organizing campaign:

Seize The Means of Entertainment!
http://nefac.northernhacking.org/feature/display/389/index.php

Somerville Theater Projectionists Attacked On Picket
Line
http://nefac.northernhacking.org/newswire/display/391/index.php

Somerville Projectionists Strike: Report From The
Frontlines
http://nefac.northernhacking.org/newswire/display/390/index.php

Week 2: Somerville Projectionists Strike Update
http://nefac.northernhacking.org/newswire/display/401/index.php

May 9th Update On Somerville Theatre Projectionists
Organizing Drive
http://nefac.northernhacking.org/newswire/display/402/index.php

[Ed. Supported by IWW and other anti authoritarians - see:

http://www.ainfos.ca/03/may/ainfos00046.html]


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