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Somerville Projectionists: Negotiations Off, Pickets On!

FROM THE NEGOTIATION TABLE BACK TO THE PICKET LINE: SOMERVILLE PROJECTIONISTS UPDATE (7/2)

You all know the story: it has now been over two months since the projectionists at the Somerville Theater demanded union recognition and a fair contract. Projectionists at the Somerville Theater are paid minimum wage ($6.75/hour) with little hope of raises, receive absolutely no benefits, and are forced to work in an unsafe and unhealthy environment. Okay, onto the latest update...

MEL DECLARES NEGOTIATIONS ARE OFF

What had the potential to be a fruitful negotiation process, has turned sour. One week after talks initiated by Mayor Dorothy Gay began, the negotiations between locked-out projectionists and Mel Fraiman have ground to a standstill.

Despite a temporary moratorium on pickets and a willingness on the part of the projectionists to negotiate and agree to basic concessions, Mel Fraiman has outright refused to recognize the union (despite prior indications that he would agree to conditional union recognition), thereby undermining the whole negotiation process.

If Mel won't budge, we will take our struggle off the negotiation table and onto the streets!

PROJECTIONISTS DECLARE PICKETS ARE ON!

As an act of good faith we stopped picketing during negotiations (a mistake that will not be made twice!). However, Mr. Fraiman's unwillingness to recognize the union, and the breakdown in negotiations have made it a necessity that we resume our activities. We will resume our weekday picketing starting Thursday, July 3 (12-2pm). Weekend evening pickets will resume on Friday, July 11 (5-8pm). Pickets at Mel's home residence TBA...

If Mel thinks for a second that we will just 'go away' if he can hold out long enough, he's got another thing coming. No peace for union busters!

RALLY AGAINST UNION BUSTING CO-SPONSORED BY JOBS WITH JUSTICE! WEDNESDAY, JULY 9TH, 6PM!

Let's show Mel Fraiman that we won't fade away! When we're pissed off we multiply! On July 10th we will show Mel what's in store for the future should he continue his unfair labor practices. Join us in Davis Sq. at 6pm. Let's make sure that Mel hears us all the way over in Belmont!

INCREASE THE PRESSURE: DEMAND THAT MEL NEGOTIATE A CONTRACT WITH THE UNION IMMEDIATELY!

We encourage all supporters to call again and demand that Mel Fraiman recognize the union, sign a contract, and grant back pay to all the locked-out projectionists!

Mel Fraiman (owner) - Phone: (617) 484-6947, Car Phone: (617) 460-6909, Personal Fax: (617) 484-5823

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; email: ijudge@feitheatres.com

Email the public liason for the Somerville Theater: Sherri Belski: sbelski@feitheatres.com

In Solidarity,
Pissed Off Projectionists