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May 17, 2007 11:15 AM, EDT

CP Workers Begin Strike

Truckers Among First to Feel Impact

About 3,200 track workers for Canadian Pacific Railway went on strike Wednesday, slowing down trucks picking up containers stored at rail terminals, Canada’s Globe and Mail reported.

A CP spokesman acknowledge the strike was an immediate irritant to truckers, but said it was not substantially affecting rail service yet, the Globe and Mail said on its Web site Thursday. 
Workers have not yet picketed the Port of Vancouver, British Columbia, but such an action could disrupt shipments at that West Coast port, the Globe and Mail said.

Calgary-based CP, Canada’s No. 2 rail line behind Canadian National Railway, said on its Web site that trains would continue to run as usual. It shares tracks with CN in Vancouver.

Strikers, members of the Teamsters Union, have been without a contract since the end of last year and no new talks are scheduled, the Globe and Mail said.