Lobstermen Look at Unionizing
March 25, 2013
A growing number of lobstermen are considering unionizing as a way to have more of a voice in their industry.
According to an article in the Bangor Daily News, the move toward unionizing grew after last summer when a glut of lobsters drove down prices and sparked a conflict with Canadian fishermen. The lobstermen looking to unionize reason it would give them more of a voice in government on subjects that impact their livelihood.
One such issue right now is a proposed law that aims to reorganize the state’s Maine Lobster Promotion Council and increase the annual marketing budget to $3 million. While that might sound good, lobstermen point out they would pay for 75 percent of the increase through surcharges tacked on to their licenses.
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