Title

Interview with Carroll Jasreau

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Date of Interview

8-11-2004

Duration of Audio File

1:17:13

Interviewee

Carroll Gerow

Age

Born August 15, 1938; aged 65 at the time of the interview

Gender

Male

Birth Place

Island Falls, Maine

Residence

Island Falls, Maine

Occupation/ Work History

Independent woodcutter/logging contractor

Role

Union

Mill or Principal Employer

Self-employed logging contractor

Mill Location

Aroostook County, Maine

Keywords

Woodcutters Strike, Maine Labor History, Maine Paper Industry

Abstract

Gerow was a close friend of MWA president Wayne Birmingham, a participant in the 1975 MWA strike, and an astute observer of the economic oppression of small Maine logging contractors by Maine's largest forestry landowners (comprised mostly of large paper companies).

Comments

The interview contains two important themes. The MWA strike occurred because of the complex ways in which paper companies colluded to keep payments to small contractors and their employees. Paper companies colluded to keep prices for cut wood delivered to paper companies low and forced contractors to bare the risk for periods of slow production and costs for capital equipment. Secondly, companies hired large numbers of guest workers from nearby French-speaking Canadian provinces. These

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Interview

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