Several weeks ago a dozen woodsmen, who claimed Canadian bonded workers were tak
Several weeks ago a dozen woodsmen, who claimed Canadian bonded workers were taking jobs away from Americans and depressing wages, blockaded border checkpoints along Maine's border with Canada. Now three leaders of the first woodsmen's strike in 1975 say they believe the outcome of the current conflict will end as their's did, with government authorities favoring business over labor. Wayne Birmingham of Patten, Bill Butler of Aurora and Mel Ames of Dover-Foxcroft, all organizers of the now-defunct Maine Woodmen's Association, say Canadian woodsmen shouldn't be cutting Maine timber, and raw Maine timber shouldn't be going to Canadian mills. Peter Hagerty of Kezar Falls, also prominent in the 1970s debate, says now as he did then that Canadians workers aren't the problem, but the terrible conditions all woodcutters have to work under are. With details about the 1970s conflict and federal statistics relating to the recent blockade.
Lumber and lumbering, Protests, demonstrations, etc
Austin, Phyllis, "Several weeks ago a dozen woodsmen, who claimed Canadian bonded workers were tak" (1998). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 3395.
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