Somerville Projectionists Update (6/19)

THE BALLOTS HAVE BEEN CAST, BUT THE STRUGGLE
CONTINUES...
Somerville Projectionists Update (6/19)

Projectionists at the Somerville Theatre continue
demand union recognition. We feel that is only through
the collective power of the union that we can
effectively combat our exploitation at the hands of
Mel Fraiman. Projectionists at the Somerville Theatre
are paid minimum wage, are not offered benefits, and
work in an unhealthy and undemocratic environment. We
cannot afford to live on poverty wages, so the
struggle must go on!

THE NLRB ELECTION

On Wednesday, June 18, we took part in the charade of
a supposedly fair NLRB election and casted our
ballots. Considering the election was stacked in
management's favor due to the voting eligibility of
scab replacements (we believe that all are friends of
the manager, hired specifically to vote anti-union),
we are not especially optimistic of winning union
recognition through these means.

Regardless of the final outcome of this election, the
results may not be known for some time, because the
votes of the unliscenced scabs who replaced us have
all been contested. Mel Fraiman continues to have to
opportunity to voluntarily recognize the union. His
refusal to do so is a big slap in the face to the
community members, trade unionists and the city
aldermen that continue to support our struggle.

THE LOCK-OUT CONTINUES

It has been over six weeks since we made our
unconditional offer to return to work, which
management was legally obligated to honor. Despite
agreeing to our unconditional offer, all pro-union
projectionists continue to be denied shifts and remain
illegally locked-out.

THE THEATER WAS (IS?) OPERATING ILLEGALLY

Approximately two weeks ago the Somerville Theatre was
temporarily shut down by an inspector from the
Department of Public Safety for using unliscenced
projectionists. It is now public record that none of
the scabs were liscenced! Since then, two scab
projectionists have been liscensed. We believe that
the rest remain unliscensed and may be illegally
scheduled for shifts. We encourage people to call
State Inspector Tom Rogers to report the Somerville
Theatre's continued disregard for public safety:
617-727-3200 (ext 25206).

JOIN US ON THE PICKET LINE

Locked-out projectionists continue with regular
pickets in front of the Somerville Theatre. Monday
thru Friday we are leafletting from 11:30am until 2pm;
on Friday and Saturday evenings, we have larger
pickets from 5pm until 8pm. Please join us!

PLEASE CONTINUE BOYCOTTING THE SOMERVILLE AND CAPITOL
THEATRES

We ask that supporters continue to honor the picket
line by boycotting the Somerville Theatre and Mel
Fraiman’s other theatre, the Arlington Capitol
Theatre. We also ask that promoters, artists and
performers also honor this boycott by refusing to book
events at these venues until the lock-out ends and the
union is recognized.

AS ALWAYS, KEEP THE PRESSURE ON!

Tell the management of the Somerville Theatre to cut
the crap and recognize the projectionists union! If
the votes of the unliscenced scabs are somehow deemed
legit, Mel will have won the election through
underhanded tactics. It is clear that a majority of
the six projectionists that should be voting are still
in favor of unionizing. We will not go away until Mel
recognizes the union in one way or another!

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

If you cannot reach Mel on his personal phone, please
try his real estate office Chatham 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 or
ijudge@feitheatres.com

You can also write a letter on our behalf:

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

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

OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT OUR STRUGGLE

The projectionists have not been able to work for over
six weeks now. If you would like to make a donation to
our campaign for union recognition please visit the
paypal account link below:

https://www.paypal.com/xclick/business=cac%40linefeed.org&item_name=Projectionist+Strike+Fund&item_number=Strike001&no_note=1&tax=0¤cy_code=USD

We also have a mailing address:

Somerville Projection Workers
PO Box 442075
Somerville, MA 02144
(any checks or money orders should be made out
"Cash")

Solidarity,
Somerville Theatre Projectionists

Pissed_Off_Projectionists@yahoo.com