Zoo says union demands unaffordable as CUPE staff strike

Toronto Zoo workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are on strike  The zoo is closed and the management says the animals of being cared for by management personnel. As reported by City News, the zoo management released this statement relating to issues.  “The Toronto Zoo presented fair and reasonable proposals that were rejected by the Union – these proposals included job security and wage increases,” the statement said, adding the zoo’s bargaining position would consider contracts negotiated between the City of Toronto and other CUPE locals


“The Toronto Zoo is a not-for-profit charitable organization. The union’s demands were simply unaffordable and do not reflect the financial realities facing the Zoo or other settlements reached within the City of Toronto.” Toronto Zoo officials said its employees are well compensated and that a “series of proposals” to address job security concerns were tabled. “The Toronto Zoo has been more than fair and reasonable. The negotiation process involves give and take by both parties but the union has not provided any flexibility from their side. We are satisfied that the proposals recently tabled by the Zoo satisfactorily address the issues of job security raised by the union and also provides for wage increases throughout the term of the agreement.”

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