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Toronto Zoo, union reach tentative labour deal

The Toronto Zoo has reached a tentative labour deal with about 400 of its unionized workers.

The Toronto Zoo has reached a tentative labour deal with about 400 of its unionized workers, avoiding a strike or lockout that would have jeopardized the scheduled opening of next month’s panda exhibit.

The zoo and CUPE Local 1600 had faced a midnight deadline, but opted to continue bargaining past that deadline until an agreement was reached early this morning.

No details of the deal have been released and the union has not yet indicated when a ratification vote will be held.

Sick pay, benefits, job security and bereavement leave were among the key issues in the negotiation, according to the union.

A strike or lockout at the zoo would have jeopardized next month's unveiling of a highly-anticipated exhibit starring two giant pandas on loan from China.

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