VINALHAVEN, Maine — Late last year, Magnus Lane, a lobsterman, found himself at the end of his rope. A glut of lobsters during the previous summer had pushed lobster prices to a 40-year low, while the cost of bait, fuel, and complying with state and federal regulations seemed to creep ever upward.
Tired of hearing fellow lobstermen grouse, Lane called some union organizers in the state, and made a wild suggestion: His ailing industry, despite its entrenched ethos of self-reliance, just might be ripe for their services.
That was the beginning of the Maine Lobstermen’s Union, a local organized by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.