AUGUSTA (AP) – Gov. John Baldacci says the U.S. Department of Labor will be auditing more than two dozen companies applying for foreign labor certification in Maine.

Maine Labor Commissioner Laura Fortman made the request. 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 to bring workers into the state.

The governor’s announcement on Monday comes little more than two weeks after the state launched its own investigation into the labor certification program.
Maine loggers have long voiced concerns that scarce jobs are being taken by Canadian workers under the federal H-2A visa program.

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