13 Dec WCME News Update December 13, 2015
After the temporary reinstatement of the food donation program by the Shaw’s supermarket chain to Midcoast Hunger Prevention in Brunswick, there’s a new indication from congresswoman Chellie Pingree that the chain will allow the program to continue on an ongoing basis. After talking with Shaw’s CEO Jim Rice, Pingree says the chain will also revisit the policy elsewhere. Midcoast Hunger Prevention provides food to families in eight towns.
WCME News 9 is at the Augusta Civic Center, watching today’s voting by members of Machinists Local S6 at Bath Iron Works on a four year contract proposal which has already caused some protest on the part of some members. It’s a deal that provides for no pay raises and calls for some givebacks on holidays, including the cancellation of Veterans Day as a guaranteed holiday. Union leadership says it is in a tight spot saying that the defense department is demanding that the shipyard drive down costs before the award of any more contracts.