About 7,000 forestry workers have walked off the job in a strike that analysts are predicting could last weeks.
United Steelworkers Union members have been in a legal position to strike for two weeks, but picket lines went up Saturday after talks with 31 lumber firms broke down.
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Kevin Mason, of Equity Research Associates, told CBC News Online that companies are not in a hurry to resolve the issue because they are losing money due to a strong Canadian dollar and a weak U.S. housing market.
B.C.’s forestry industry is worth an estimated $2 billion a year.