Maine lobstermen organize to improve their lives, preserve their way of life
As you have probably heard, Maine lobstermen are getting together to make a difference in the lobster industry.
The union- the Maine Lobstering Union-- is growing quickly as the lobstermen know they have to get together and form a stronger voice to be able to fight back against changes in the industry that are harmful to them, the ones who haul the traps and do the work every day.
Do you know any lobstermen? Tell them about the Maine Lobstering Union, IMLU Local 207. They are organizing with the Machinists.
Learn more about the Maine Lobstering Union at www.mainelobsteringunion.org
Here's a photo of the group of lobstermen who recently went to a training with the Machinists union in Maryland.
The group included: David Merchant
of Addison, Ryan Geel of Jonesport, Alfred Jordan of Milbridge, Phillip
Black of Blue Hill, Thomas Maguire of Deer Isle, Larry Knapp of
Boothbay, Billy Coppersmith of Windham, Spencer Dyer of Round Pond and
Jason Lord of Pemaquid along with President Rock Alley of Jonesport and
Organizer Joel Pitcher.
The Maine Lobstering Union is gearing up for a strong presence at the annual Fisherman's Forum next week in Rockland where hundreds of lobstermen from around the state gather with other groups involved with Maine's marine resources industry
This year, we rank all members of the Maine House and Senate on 11 votes they took to determine their score for the
Our 2013 Scorecard has been mailed to 40,000 members, retirees and allies across the state.
Mainers are dealing with a health care crisis. Those with health insurance are facing skyrocketing rates and less coverage. Tens of thousands of Mainers go without, because they cannot afford it or their employer does not offer it. We have to do something.
Workers in Vermont did just that. Our allies at the Vermont Workers Center built a movement called Health Care is a Human Right and have passed legislation to provide universal health care to all Vermonters. Check out this video to see how they did it.
Here, the Maine AFL-CIO is partnering with the Maine People's Alliance and the Maine State Nurses Association in launching our very own Health Care is a Human Right campaign. Stay tuned as we roll out our efforts state wide to build a movement for universal health care. We will need your help! Get in touch if you are excited to participate in this campaign. You can call Sarah at 622-9675 to get involved.