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Maine lobstermen’s union votes to buy Hancock County lobster business

The Maine Lobstering Union voted Saturday to buy a wholesale lobster business near Mount Desert Island to help its fishermen net a bigger share of the profit in the booming, $1.5 billion-a-year industry. At a closed-door meeting in Rockport, members voted 63-1 to buy the wholesale side of the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound, which includes a tank that can hold up to 180,000 pounds of lobster, for $4 million, said Local 207 President Rocky Alley. “We can’t wait to start buying and selling our own lobsters,” Alley said. “Right now, fishermen sell at the dock, and we get what we get, with no control. But there is lots of money made off lobsters after they leave the dock, and some ought to stay with us fishermen.” The vote enables the Maine union to borrow money from a Kansas City bank and to borrow $1.1 million from fellow locals in the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers as far south as Maryland to purchase the Lamoine-based wholesale business. continue reading the story here 21:36

A Maine lobstermen union?

Maine lobstermen may not initially strike you as the type of workers who would join a union. Yet as of this past fall, approximately 600 lobstermen from up and down the coast had done just that. Why would lobstermen join a union, and what does this say about the state of organized labor in today’s economy? Read more here  blr.com  15:12

Lobstermen union meets for 1st time Sunday at the Portland Regency

wogangsterumdieeckeknallen-hauptfotoFishermen who are forming the Maine Lobstering Union are gathering Sunday at the Portland Regency. Opening remarks will be open to the public, then the meeting will be closed to begin the process of nominating officers and beginning a process for nominating officers. [email protected]

Seeking stability, some Maine lobstermen join union – The Maine Lobstermen’s Association voices concerns

With  promises to fight bad legislation and negotiate prices for their catch,  the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has  been recruiting fishermen in some of Maine’s most lobster-reliant  communities, including Vinalhaven, Stonington and Jonesport. So far,  more than 250 fishermen have signed up for what will be called the IAM  Maine Lobstering Union. continued