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Toronto Workers at the Toronto Zoo voted 70% in favour last night of ratifying the tentative agreement reached with their employer on Wednesday morning.

We are going to ensure that the zoo honours the commitments it made through this deal, said Jim Fudge, president of CUPE Local 1600, which represents the 325 staff at the zoo. The employer has pledged to work with us in a joint committee that will seek to redress some of the wage disparities that exist between zoo workers and their counterparts elsewhere in the city. Our members did express some concern that the zoo would follow through on this promise. We will hold them to it.

CUPE represents 180, 000 working women and men in Ontario, many of whom work for municipalities, hospitals, universities and school boards.


For more information:
Jim Fudge, CUPE Local 1600,
416.579.2873 (cell)
Lorne Trevors, CUPE Representative,
905.432.5896 (cell)
Andrea Addario, CUPE Communications,
416.292.3999, ext. 240