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 there until approximately 11:30 a.m. He will be joined by other CUPE leadership and community allies.

Media wishing to interview Mark Hancock or CUPE 1600 President Christine McKenzie are encouraged to contact Kevin Wilson, CUPE Communications. He can be reached via mobile at 416-821-6641.


              WHO:        CUPE National President Mark Hancock

              WHEN:     Thursday, May 25, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

              WHERE:  CUPE 1600 picket line outside Toronto Zoo’s main entrance

                                 (Meadowvale Drive, just north of Sheppard Avenue)

              WHY:        Picket line visit by CUPE National President Mark Hancock,

labour and community allies


CUPE 1600 represents more than 400 zookeepers, horticulturists, trades people, administrative and public relations staff, concession and ride operators at Canada’s largest zoo. The members of CUPE 1600 began strike action on May 11.




For more information, please contact:

Kevin Wilson, CUPE Communications, 416-821-6641