Interview with Carroll Jasreau

Michael Hillard, University of Southern Maine

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


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).