BDN Interviews Cryer About Decline of Unions in Maine

Marc Cryer, director of the University of Maine’s Bureau of Labor Education, spoke with the Bangor Daily News for the article, “Decades in decline: The fall of unions in Maine.” Currently, 11 percent of Maine workers are members of a union, just slightly below the national average of 11.1 percent, according to the article. Cryer said the loss of jobs in manufacturing industries such as pulp and paper, shoes and textiles has contributed to declining union membership, while service-oriented industries that typically aren’t easy to unionize, such as retail and tourism have grown. He said if unions want to increase their membership, they will have to “go out and organize people they usually don’t organize.”