Maine Machinists Take Stand Against Domestic Violence

IAM Local S6 Women’s Committee member Pauline Roderick prepares items to be donated to Maine domestic violence shelters.

The Women’s Committee of IAM Local S6 hosted its third annual Domestic Violence Awareness Collection last month, raising nearly $1,400 in cash and more than $200 worth of donated items. Members of Local S6 are employed at Bath Iron Works, in Bath, ME.

The proceeds from the gate collections were used to buy critical supplies from local area businesses.

“Domestic violence touches everyone, whether it’s your kids, somebody that you know, or yourself,” said Local S6 Women’s Committee Chairwoman Lori Francisco. “A lot of these agencies, like Safe Voices, are a flight house for women who have to grab their kids and run for their lives. They leave everything behind.”

“Many thanks to the Women’s Committee, and everyone that volunteered, or contributed to this effort,” said Local S6 President Jay Wadleigh. “Their efforts will help women, and children, all across the state of Maine. Their work embodies the IAM creed of ‘service to the community.’”

The supplies will be distributed to three Maine Shelters; Safe Voices in Lewiston, the Family Violence Project in Augusta, and the Aroostook Band of Micmacs Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Center in northern Maine.