Maine Loggers Block Border Crossing
Oct. 20, 1998
FORT KENT, Maine (AP) _ Demonstrators continued to block a remote border crossing Tuesday, as woodsmen met with lawmakers to share concerns about a federal program that allows Canadian loggers to work in Maine.
The blockade began Monday with pickup trucks blocking a crossing at St. Pamphile, Quebec.
``It remains peaceful and uneventful,'' said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
For a second day, about 20 Canadian loggers were unable to cross and were forced to turn around and use another border crossing.
Meanwhile, protest organizers met with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Democratic U.S. Rep. John Baldacci.
Demonstrators accuse Canadians of taking Maine jobs through a temporary agricultural assistance program that allows Canadians to apply for U.S. jobs if there are not enough U.S. workers to fill them.
The protesters also feel employers are undercutting wages and circumventing workers' compensation and safety laws, Baldacci said.
The U.S. Labor Department was reviewing the bond that allows the Canadians to work in Maine, Baldacci said.