Employees of the Toledo Zoo started out 2016 with a raise after AFSCME Local 3640’s negotiating committee won an across-the-board 2 percent wage increase in each year of the there-year contract.
“And our members have the opportunity gain another increase as a performance bonus,” said David Ross, president of the 80-member local union.
Based on the zoo’s revenue, Local 3640 members have the potential for an additional across-the-board 4 percent bonus. “That would be on top of the 2 percent base increase, so we have the potential of a 6 percent increases each year,” Ross said.
The bonus could be well within reach if the zoo’s popularity continues to climb. The zoo attracted more than 1.3 million visitors in 2015, breaking the previous record established in 1988, when the zoo exhibited giant pandas on loan from China.
The record marks the sixth time in the zoo’s 115-year history that attendance has exceeded a million visitors. By comparison, nearby amusement park Cedar Point in Sandusky usually has more than 3 million visitors a year.
In addition to President David Ross, the AFSCME Local 3640 negotiating committee included Treasurer Virgil Baird, Vice President Teri Waller, and Kristen Farley. The committee was lead by Ohio Council 8 Staff Representative Dawn Baily.
The Local 3640 negotiating committee, right to left, Treasurer Virgil Baird, Kristen Farley Vice President Teri Waller, and President David Ross.