Biddeford, Maine, Mayor Ends Meeting Abruptly
Local 340 members were out in force last night at the Biddeford, Maine, city council meeting to demand action on new contracts. The city leaders have stalled negotiating on new contracts which cover 60 police officers and 50 public works employees which the local union has tried to negotiate for the past six months.
“The city is not negotiating in good faith…we have tried to meet them half way,” said Ray Cote, business agent with Local 340. When local residents, including members of Local 340 came to the city council meeting, the mayor determined that the room was overcrowded and ended the meeting. The mayor's action was met by audience members chanting “Shame on you, Shame on you.”
“It’s important that our members’ voices are heard,” Cote said.