CUPE files unfair labour practice against City of Calgary

Union claims city moving zoo jobs out of scope

CALGARY – The union representing city employees at the Calgary Zoo has filed an unfair labour practice with the Alberta Labour Relations Board.

CUPE 37 President Don Monroe said the union filed the application today because the city has been moving positions from city jurisdiction to the Zoo Society.  Employees of the Society are non-union and earn lower wages.  About 16 positions are affected.

“Our members are being told their positions are being terminated, but that they can apply for similar jobs with the society,” said Monroe. “But even if they are successful applicants – they lose wages, seniority and pension benefits.”

“We have a responsibility to our members to protect their employment and their working conditions – so we are taking every legal action possible to prevent the city from doing this.”

The union is asking the Labour Board to convene a hearing as quickly as possible.

Contact: Don Monroe, President CUPE 37


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