Jun 07, 2017

By Andy Johnson

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There is hope for renewed negotiations in the Toronto Zoo strike.
Zoo spokesperson Jennifer Tracey says negotiators will meet with union officials today in hopes that a fair and reasonable agreement can be reached.  The union representing the  striking workers announced a new offer yesterday aimed at kick starting stalled negotiations.
CUPE Local 1600 President Christine McKenzie told a news conference the welfare of the zoo animals and the safety of the zoo management and administrative staff is the motivation behind the new offer.  She did not provide any information on the contents but said the dispute with management mostly revolves around a push to remove several clauses pertaining to the job security of employees.
About 400 zoo workers walked off the job on May 11th.  The two sides have not held formal talks since then.
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