These reports are based on human rights monitoring and/or nonviolent direct action in resistance to the Israeli occupation. This report arrives from:
International Women's Peace Service in Hares, Salfit, Palestine:
When Somerville Theater projectionists approached their manager to demand union recognition, he told them it had been nice knowing them. The projectionists had been attempting for months to resolve low pay and unhealthy working conditions before joining the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE, which represents projectionists in most Boston cinemas) and demanding recognition April 30. When management informed IATSE officials that they refused to recognize the union May 1, the projectionists set up picket lines
It has been two weeks since we made our demand for union recognition. Not only does Mel Fraiman continue to ignore the rights of his workers to organize, but also continues to show the people of Somerville that he does not care about their opinion. Despite the huge turn-out on the picket line and scores of people who are will not patronize the theatre until the union is recognized, Mel Fraiman will not budge. The only answer to our problem is escalation!