Lobstermen's Union: Sound and fury, signifying nothing
Tue, 09/03/2013 - 10:50am
Posted by eagleisland
Doug Born, president of the Southern Maine Labor Council, said every Labor Day is "a good excuse to get together with our fellow union brethren and enjoy solidarity." This Labor Day had even more reason to celebrate because of the new lobstermen's union, he said.
"In this day and age, it's highly unusual (to see a new union), especially with such a historically independent group," he said. "It's a real treat that we have a new union in Maine. The collective voice is a stronger voice. It's given voice to workers who literally had no voice. They now have the ability to speak out and be heard."
The idea of unionizing a group of people who have ALWAYS been independent contractors strikes me as silly on its face. The co-ops and dealers will continue to pay lobstermen what they'll accept and charge retailers what the market will bear.
As for the "voice," there's already the (remarkably effective) Maine Lobstermen's Association to handle the lobstermen's interests in legislative matters.
The union won't be able to do anything about fuel prices, bait prices or federal regs. It won't do squat to increase demand (and thus higher dock prices) because that's not what unions are about.
But go ahead, guys. If you want to throw some of your dwindling profits at union dues, be my guest.