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Somerville Projectionists Update (7/2) (english)
02 Jul 2003
Modified: 07 Jul 2003
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.
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 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. Fraimanís 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! THURSDAY, JULY 10TH, 6PM!

Letís show Mel Fraiman that we wonít fade away! When weíre pissed off we multiply! On July 10th we will show Mel whatís in store for the future should he continue his unfair labor practices. Join us in Davis Sq. at 6pm. Letís 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 (at) feitheatres.com

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

In Solidarity,
Pissed Off Projectionists
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the three stooges (english)
03 Jul 2003
i must say that hopefully this whole thing will all be a memory and the 3 or 4 of you will all be living with mommy and daddy and working at the store 24 and wondering why they did'nt give you the keys to lock up.
Rally Canceled (english)
03 Jul 2003
Our rally schedule for this Wednesday in Davis Sq. has
been cancelled. A miscommunication between us and the
union led us to believe that negotiations had completely broken down. We have just been informed that Mr. Fraiman has agreed to return to the negotiating table. We have called off picketing again while negotiations resume.

Sincerely,
Somerville Projectionists
ah geez (english)
03 Jul 2003



well, it looks like the boss's lackey is taking to the cyber offensive again. are you a little stressed out these days?
the bosses lackey (english)
03 Jul 2003
oh no my dear man , i am not a flunkie of mel's but a somerville resident that hates BARNEYS and lying punks. i will make your life a living hell if the urge serves me and yet tell me all your little stories but in each instance i ask you just one thing - PROVE I you piece of puffed up smidgeon of blowfish shit- UNION SUCK, YOU SUCK, AND YOU WILL ALL GET A RUDE AWAKENING SOON I'M SURE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!TELL THE TRUTH - STOP ALL THE LIES!!!!!!!!! what a bunch of momma's boy's!!!!!!!!! send more checks and money orders- we need more beer money!!!!!!!
Re: Boss's Lackey (english)
04 Jul 2003
Wow, thanks for setting me straight. I'm starting to see things in a different light now that you've articulated yourself so well.
rebel worker? (english)
04 Jul 2003
rebel worker? it seems the only thing you guys are good at woking is your mouths. pretty soon the gravy wagon will dry up and you'll all have to join the real world again.
Woking? (english)
07 Jul 2003
Woking my mouth? No thanks, I'll stick to more traditional stir-fry ingredients.