The interviews for this strike were for the author's research on the Maine Woodmen's Association (MWA) Strike of 1975. The strike lasted for three weeks in early fall of that year, and was the only strike in the history of Maine's paper industry to shut down all of the state's mills. Small, independent logging contractors that cut pulpwood that fueled Maine's paper mills (wood is paper's primary raw material) were protesting reduced payments for wood and also lack of steady work. The MWA was comprised for a short time of 3000 out of about 7500 loggers, and were Maine/US citizens. Strikers focused their ire on Canadian guest workers imported by paper companies, whose presence reduced Maine citizen loggers' income. While strikers failed in getting immediate concessions, the number of Canadian guest loggers fell by 75% in the ensuing five years as a result of the strike. The author interviewed both strike leaders and company forestry managers on the two sides of the strike, along with activists and public officials who were part of the event. As background for the strike, MWA woodcutters described their working conditions and work life. Forestry managers for the paper companies described the history of different economic arrangements between companies and loggers, and the evolution of tree cutting and harvesting technologies, including advanced mechanization accelerated by the uncertainties created by the strike.

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Interviews from 2006

Interview with anonymous company forestry manager, Michael Hillard

Interview with Carl Van Husen, Michael Hillard

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Interview with Dan Corcoran, Michael Hillard

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Interview with Dave Edson, Michael Hillard

Interview with Jim Pinkerton, Michael Hillard

Interview with Lucien Duchaine, Michael Hillard

Interviews from 2004

Interview with Barbara Birmingham, Michael Hillard

Interview with Bill Butler, Michael Hillard

Interview with Bill Butler and Jon Falk, Michael Hillard

Interview with Cecile Fontaine, Michael Hillard

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Interview with Claire Bolduc, Michael Hillard

Interview with Don Fontaine, Michael Hillard

Interview with John Birmingham, Michael Hillard

Interview with Jon Falk, Michael Hillard

Interview with Larry Palmer, Michael Hillard

Interview with Peter Haggarty, Michael Hillard

Interview with Mel Ames, Michael G. Hillard