Local lobstermen say it’s been a long time coming. But on Sunday, the Maine Lobstering Union held its first legal meeting.”We are doing out bylaws and electing our officials today.”So far there are close to 500 members getting involved in the Union.Although only a fraction of them made it to the meeting in Bangor, Union organizer Joel Pitcher says there’s one thing that sets them apart from other organizations.”To this point, the people that have taken the time to sign up, or decided that it is a good idea have been very active. That’s not to throw a stone at other organizations, they a very good job at what they do, but our members are active and in order to be successful they have to stay that way.”Since the beginning of the year lobstermen have held meetings all along the coast of Maine, stretching from Vinalhaven to Portland…The main cause of their unionizing is to get lobstermen on the same page.Their biggest concern…prices.”The problem why we’re not getting our money is, nobody wants to give us the money from the top boy down. They’re keeping all the money for themselves. We need to take that control away from them and put it back in our hands. We’re the ones that catch the lobster, we should be able to control the price. Not them.”Maine lobstermen say the prices of lobster are nearly half of what they were ten years ago.With such low prices, some say it’s hard to make a living.”We have to try to make our living in 6 months time. A year’s pay in 6 months time and the prices…it’s almost impossible”Members of the now union already defeated a bill earlier in the year that would have allowed dragger fishermen to keep and sell and lobster that ended up in their nets.