A small movie theater has become the first to sign a contract with the union seeking to organize Montpelier workers. The Savoy Theater signed the contract with the Downtown Workers’ Union. Owners said they hoped their action would show the way for other businesses in the capital to do the same.
The employees at the theater will be represented by the United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers of America. The Savoy contract provides an hourly raise of 50 cents, a grievance policy and other issues. The Savoy has 18 workers, many part-time.
The union is trying to organize workers at businesses all over the state capital’s downtown to improve their wages and working conditions.