Progress made in latest round of zoo contract talks union

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The head of the union representing striking zoo workers in Toronto say they are “95 per cent” closer to an agreement.

Negotiations between CUPE Local 1600 and the Toronto Zoo ended late Thursday evening with no further talks scheduled. But CUPE 1600 president Christine McKenzie says both sides have made progress.

“If we were 90 per cent of the way to an agreement last week, we are 95 per cent of the way there now,” she said in a statement released Friday.

“Now is the time for both sides to roll up our sleeves and finish the job.”

More than 400 employees walked off the job last week after the two sides failed to come to terms on the key issue of job security.

Zoo board management was scheduled to meet Friday and review the latest results of the talks.

McKenzie said she hopes zoo management provides its negotiating team with the “flexibility they need to conclude bargaining.”

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