DEER ISLE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Unions are a big part of industry here in the state. Now one major union is working to gain followers in Maine's lobster industry.
Since December about 250 lobstermen in Maine have joined the Maine Lobstering Union, which is a new branch of the International Associations of Machinists and Aerospace workers. That group represents about 5,000 workers in Maine including many who work in paper mills as well as ship yards like Bath Iron Works.
Directors of the new lobstering union say it should bring many benefits to its members, including access to healthcare and pension plans for lobstermen. Still not all lobster harvesters are looking to claw into the group.