News Habitat workers’ union calls out town council over basis for closure SHARE ON: Bob McIntyre, staff Wednesday, Nov. 27th, 2019 The union representing Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat workers say council’s trying to close it under false pretenses. Five full-time and two part-time positions are under the Canadian Union of Public Employees. In a statement, CUPE notes that it’s in the initial phases of negotiating a collective agreement… and its expectations don’t amount to $300,000 that the town claims. The union also says the publicly stated amount of $700,000 needed to keep the facility open is exaggerated and unrealistic. It also claims that the workers haven’t been consulted yet, on solutions for a financially sustainable operation of the Habitat.