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News ::
Somerville Strike Update (english)
06 May 2003
Modified: 15 Jun 2003
Update from the strike at the Somerville Theater.
:Please Forward Widely:
::Update from the Frontlines::

This email concerns the situation of the projectionists on strike in Somerville, Massachusetts who are demanding that the theater owner voluntarily recognize their will to unionize. Projectionists have been on strike since May 1st, and will continue the strike for as long as they can. Projectionists at this theater are paid minimum wage ($6.75), receive no medical or dental health insurance, work in an unsafe environment, and have no power over their jobs.

Before jumping into an update of where we stand with the strike, we want to take a second to thank everyone who has supported us in any way - coming to the picket line, refusing to patronize the Theater, sending us emails of support, or calling the Theater owner to complain.

If you would like to make a donation to our newly initiated strike fund, you may do so by clicking the link below. Any amount is greatly appreciated, and 100% of the raised money goes directly to the strikers, or to cover costs associated with the strike (photocopying fees, for instance.)

As our first week of being on strike comes to an end, we just wanted to let everyone know where we stand. We have yet to hear any new word from management, who seem intent on busting our unionization effort. We fully expect them to attempt to hire many untrained people to act as "projectionists" to defeat the union in an NLRB election, should it come to that. We are doing everything we can to make sure that owner Mel Fraiman will concede to voluntarily recognize us, rather than passively allow him to stack the odds against us through an election.

Those of us who are strike remain in high spirits, and have been thrilled with the number of people who have come to support us on the picket line, as well as with the support we have received from most Somerville community members. The Teamsters at UPS are continuing to honor our picket line, for which we are very grateful. We have received word that some safety fairies friendly to our cause have filed numerous complaints with the Board of Health, OSHA, MassCOSH, and other regulatory bodies. We are also getting in touch with a number of live performers slated to play at the Theater, in the hopes that they might cancel or postpone their events, rather than cross our picket line.

Please help us keep up the pressure on the Theater owner and management. With all your help, we can win this thing! There are several ways in which you can help us:
*Join us on the picket line. Our next mass picketing will be Friday and Saturday May 9 and 10, but we will also be picketing everyday from 11-2.
*Donate to the strike fund
*Call Mel Fraiman and Ian Judge, let them know how you feel about their anti-union maneuvering
*Write to your local newspaper or other media outlet to bring attention to our struggle.
*Spread the word to your friends, family, and co-workers. Forward this email, or come to a picket line to pick up some extra fliers.

Onward to Victory,
Somerville's Pissed Off Projectionists
pissed_off_projectionists (at)

Please continue to call the owner and manager at the numbers below. Call as many times as you like (hint):

call the owner of the somerville theatre and demand that he recognize the
projectionists union. his name is Melvin Fraiman.
Phone: (617) 484-6947
Car Phone: (617) 460-6909
Personal Fax: (617) 484-5823

Call the Realty company that Melvin Fraiman owns, Chatham Light Realty,
express your discontent:
Phone (617) 354-4466
Fax (617) 354-5299

Call the Somerville Theater, ask to speak to Ian Judge, or the manager on
Phone: (617) 625-4088
Direct to manager phone: (617) 625-0261
Fax: (617) 625-5496

Email the public liason for the Somerville Theater:
Sherri Belski: sbelski (at)

*Action called for by the "Friends of Somerville Projection Workers"
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yesterday (english)
07 May 2003
i called the theater yesterday
the ticket taker told me she didnt know whether there was still a job action and said that she hadnt seen any informational pickets for the previous 2 days
the manager first hung up on me then when i called back asked me "why dont workers at the macdonalds form a union"? also asked "who ARE you"

suggestion: the other employyees need to feel included
question: would this include arlington theater also?

today (english)
08 May 2003
i called around noon today thursday
i was told that they were
"in negotiations"
with the projectionists

not true (english)
15 Jun 2003
They have never offered to negotiate with us. I guess that locking us out is their version of negotiating