AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci says the state’s investigation into the labor certification program that allows Canadian loggers to work in Maine is turning up questionable practices.
He says the attorney general’s office is taking action in one case and numerous other complaints have been lodged with the U.S. Department of Labor. The word comes two weeks after a state task force began investigating whether logging operations in northern Maine are violating laws when they hire Canadian contractors.
Among the concerns is that some companies hiring Canadians do not appear to have a permanent physical presence in the state as required for those seeking foreign labor certification.
Baldacci says the global recession has put a strain on Maine loggers and that the state must ensure that they’re not illegally blocked from logging jobs that go to Canadians.