CUPE 1600 ratifies collective agreement with Toronto Zoo

June 11, 2017 A month-long strike at Canada’s largest zoo is one step closer to ending today after members of Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) voted to ratify a four-year collective agreement. “While we are looking forward to returning to work and to looking after the animals we so…

CUPE 1600 reaches tentative agreement with Toronto Zoo

TORONTO, ON – Negotiators for Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) have reached a tentative agreement with the Toronto Zoo.   The tentative agreement was reached early this morning, following nearly 24 hours of continuous bargaining between the parties, assisted by a provincially-appointed mediator.   Members of CUPE 1600 went…

Toronto Zoo workers want Board of Management to put animal health and safety first

TORONTO, ON – Negotiators for Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600), representing the men and women that care for the animals at the Toronto Zoo, have advised Zoo negotiators that they have a new proposal and have requested the employer to come back to the table. Christine McKenzie, President of…

Supporters from across Ontario rally at Toronto City Hall in support of striking Zoo workers

TORONTO, ON – As the strike by nearly 400 Toronto Zoo workers enters its fourth week, more than a thousand supporters from across the province joined striking members of Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) in Nathan Phillips Square this afternoon, with a simple message. The time to settle is…

As Zoo strike enters fourth week, CUPE 1600 and allies to hold noon-hour rally at Toronto City Hall

TORONTO, ON – As the strike by Toronto Zoo employees enters its fourth week, members of Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) will be joined by more than a thousand fellow CUPE members and other allies for a mass rally and demonstration this afternoon in Nathan Phillips Square. Today’s rally…

CUPE National President Mark Hancock to join striking Toronto Zoo workers’ picket lines tomorrow morning

TORONTO, ON – As the strike between the Toronto Zoo and Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) enters its third week, Mark Hancock, CUPE’s National President, will join strikers tomorrow on their picket lines. Hancock will arrive on the picket lines tomorrow, May 25, at approximately 9:00 a.m., and remain…

As talks break down, CUPE 1600 calls out Toronto Zoo and City-what is their real agenda?

Toronto, ON—Negotiations to settle the week-long strike between Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) and the Toronto Zoo broke down following the Zoo’s refusal to provide any rational around why they insist on changes to the collective agreement that only hurt the important work of the zoo “It is incredibly…

With 95% of the job done, CUPE 1600 waiting for response from Toronto Zoo to ‘finish the job’ and settle strike

TORONTO – Negotiations between Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) and the Toronto Zoo have ended with no further talks scheduled at this time. “At this time, we are waiting for the Zoo’s negotiating team to respond to our last offer,” said CUPE 1600 President Christine McKenzie. “We believe that…

CUPE 1600 and Toronto Zoo to resume bargaining this afternoon

TORONTO, ON – Negotiators for Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) and the Toronto Zoo will resume bargaining this afternoon, one week after a breakdown in talks led to a strike at Canada’s largest zoo. “The only place where this dispute can be settled is at the bargaining table, so…

As Zoo Board prepares to meet, community and labour allies to join striking CUPE 1600 members today for a solidarity rally and barbecue

TORONTO, ON – One day ahead of a special meeting of the Toronto Zoo’s Board of Management, community and labour allies will join striking members of Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) on the picket line for a barbecue and solidarity rally. Organized by CUPE Ontario, today’s solidarity rally and…