CALGARY, Alta. — Maintenance workers for Canadian Pacific Railway walked off the job this morning, after their union failed to reach an agreement with the railway.
The 2 a.m. deadline came and went without an agreement and about 1,200 employees are now on strike. The workers maintain track and bridges for the railway. This marks the second major strike by a Canadian railway this year.
William Brehl, a Teamsters union leader, said picket lines are being formed across Canada. He also said it could be a long strike. CP Rail says about 1,300 trained management workers will take the place of striking workers.
Teamsters employees are demanding a 13% pay hike over three years.
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