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Pictures: EMD workers walk the picket line in London

About 700 workers lost their jobs when Caterpillar's Progress Rail Services unit announced it would cease operations at Electro-Motive Diesel. The closing has already caused ripple effects across the city.

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Electro-Motive Canada employees put up a graveyard of crosses and workers' boots outside the subsidiary of Caterpillar in London on Feb. 8, 2012.

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A toy Caterpillar vehicle burns in a fire on the picket lines outside Electro-Motive Canada, a subsidiary of Caterpillar in London, Ont., on Feb. 8, 2012. Caterpillar announced that it's closing the plant and moving the work to other sites in North and South America. Seven hundred workers lost their jobs.

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Electro-Motive Canada employee burn pallets to keep warm on the picket line outside the subsidiary of Caterpillar in London on Feb. 8.

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Electro-Motive Canada employees burn pallets to keep warm on the picket line outside the subsidiary of Caterpillar in London on February 8, 2012.

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Electro-Motive Canada employees' work boots hang on the fence on the picket line outside the subsidiary of Caterpillar in London on Feb. 8.

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Electro-Motive Canada employee Edward Swat, 62, keeps himself busy sweeping the driveway on the picket line outside the subsidiary of Caterpillar in London on Feb. 8, 2012.

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Electro-Motive Canada employees Frank Giampa and John Vandergulick cook up pasta, sauce and meatballs for the workers on the picket line outside the subsidiary of Caterpillar in London on Feb. 8, 2012.

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Electro-Motive Canada employee John Vandergulick eats a pasta lunch he made for himself and other workers on the picket line outside the subsidiary of Caterpillar in London on February 8, 2012.

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An Electro-Motive Canada employee and his son play hockey in the driveway on the picket line outside the subsidiary of Caterpillar in London on Feb. 8, 2012.

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Electro-Motive Canada employees move wood that was dropped off on the picket line outside the subsidiary of Caterpillar in London on Feb. 8, 2012.

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Smoke wafts by Electro-Motive Canada employees using "The Cottage" on the picket line outside the subsidiary of Caterpillar in London on Feb. 8, 2012.

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Electro-Motive Canada employees burn pallets to keep warm on the picket line outside the subsidiary of Caterpillar in London on Feb. 8, 2012.

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Electro-Motive Canada employees wave to a supporter while they work a shift on the picket line outside the subsidiary of Caterpillar in London on Feb. 8, 2012.

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London Mayor Joe Fontana in his office at City Hall in London on Feb. 9, 2012.

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London Mayor Joe Fontana in his office at London's City Hall on Feb. 9, 2012.

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A customer sits at the bar in a mostly empty K's Sports Lounge and Grill in London on Feb. 8, 2012.

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Kay Phouttharath, manager of K's Sports Lounge and Grill in London on Feb. 8, 2012. She has seen a significant decrease in customers since Electro-Motive's workers were locked out and is very upset the government is doing nothing to help.

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James Place Restaurant owner Paul Giannopoulos in his family restaurant on Feb. 9, 2012. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch to many factory and plant workers in London and has seen a significant drop in business since Electro-Motive Diesel workers were locked out and Caterpillar announced the plant would shut down.

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James Place Restaurant owner Paul Giannopoulos talks to some of his few customers at breakfast time in his family restaurant in London on Feb. 9, 2012.

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Frank Rondinelli, owner of Charterhouse Auto Body and Collision, at his shop in London on Feb. 9, 2012. He has seen a big drop in customers since Electro-Motive Diesel workers were locked out and Caterpillar announced it would shut down the plant.

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