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Striking Toronto Zoo workers ratify new deal

NEWS STAFF | posted Monday, Jun 12th, 2017

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Striking Toronto Zoo workers rally at city hall, June 2, 2017. 680 NEWS/Momin Qureshi
If all goes well, the Toronto Zoo could re-open later this week.

The union representing employees at the Toronto Zoo ratified a new 4-year collective agreement on Sunday, exactly one month after workers walked off the job.

CUPE Local 1600 represents over 400 workers at the zoo, including zookeepers and horticulturalists. They cited concerns about job security as the main point of contention that lead to the strike.

During the month-long strike, the animals at the zoo were cared for my management staff, many of whom are former zookeepers.

The deal now needs to be ratified by the zoo’s board of management, which is expected to happen on Monday.

If the board votes in favour of the deal, the union says the zoo could re-open as early as Thursday.

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