August 11, 2013

Lobstermen meet to form a union

Fishermen frustrated about low prices and higher expenses gather Sunday in Bangor.

The Associated Press

PORTLAND — Lobstermen who want to form a union to lobby for them in Augusta and to negotiate prices for their catch are meeting for the first time.

Fishermen who are forming the Maine Lobstering Union are gathering Sunday at the Ramada Inn in Bangor.

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.

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers has been recruiting fishermen fed up with low prices for their catch and growing expenses.

The Maine Lobstermen's Association, a trade group with about 1,200 members, has questioned whether negotiating lobster prices would run afoul of federal antitrust laws.

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