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Update on Somerville Projectionists Organize Drive (english)
08 May 2003
Modified: 09 May 2003
The fight for recognition contines and evolves. Pickets this Friday & Saturday, 5pm.
The Struggle Continues!

We would like to start by thanking everyone who has supported us by walking
the picket line, calling the management and through countless other actions.
The support has been amazing and we would not be at this stage in the game
without each and every person that has contributed.

An Evolving Strategy

From the outset of the strike we had anticipated that all striking
projectionists would be immediately replaced by scabs. Yesterday we learned
that the management had only begun this process and thus we were faced with a
difficult decision: Continue with the strike or return to work and ensure
victory in the NLRB election by preventing anti-union projectionists from
being hired and voting in the election.

After much debate we decided that returning to work was strategically the
best option as it opened up a second front in the fight for recognition. We
believe that this is a golden opportunity to continue to be proactive in our
campaign. The management at the Somerville is legally required to take us
back or face and Unfair Labor Practice lawsuit. They have reluctantly chosen
the former. Today marks are first day back on the job and an opportunity to
agitate from the inside for victory in the election. Now we will no longer be
just an outside force to be reckoned with, but rather an organizing force on
both side of the walls.

The Picket Continues

Despite returning to work, we will continue to keep the pressure on Melvin
Fraiman and the Somerville Theatre to voluntarily recognize the union. We
need support as much now as when we were on strike, if not more. Mel Fraiman
needs to know that we will not go away and Somerville will not stand for his
refusal to recognize the right of his workers to organize. Pickets will go on
as scheduled this Friday and Saturday @5pm and will continue until the union
is recognized. Please join us as we enter a crucial stage in the fight.

Keep the Calls Coming

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 company - Chatam Light 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.:204 Mass Ave, Arlington , MA 02474 or 15 Story St.
Cambridge , MA 02138

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

Solidarity,
Somerville Theatre Projectionists
Pissed_Off_POrejectionists (at) yahoo.com
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Main Number (english)
09 May 2003
When I called the main number, the perky woman who answered said that the strike hadn't been going on all week and that the union and management were in negotiation. Whassup?
not true... (english)
09 May 2003
We are not "in negotiations" with management.

We have an NLRB election coming up, which management is trying to undermine by allowing assistant managers and replacement scabs to vote on (basically trying to stuff the ballot box).

Also, we have been engaged in strategic picketing between 12-2pm each day, in order to ensure UPS would not deliver the new films (the Teamsters agreed to honor our picket). Which has been very successful.

For now we have ended the strike (at least until the NLRB elections). This is for strategic reasons. It is important that we return to work so management can't go ahead and hire permanent scabs (who legally have NLRB voting rights), and can't agitate against the union to other workers behind our backs. Plus it gives us a chance to speak with other workers and organize.

With that said, it is still important to keep the pressure on. Our boss is notoriously anti-union, and we expect him (and the lackey managers) to play dirty leading up to the NLRB elections.