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 barbecue will begin at 11:00 a.m. at CUPE 1600’s main picket site located in front of the main visitor parking lot at the Toronto Zoo on Meadowvale Road.

Media interested in covering this event are encouraged to contact Kevin Wilson, CUPE Communications, for further details.

Christine McKenzie, President of CUPE 1600, and Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario, will have media availability following the rally portion of the event which is scheduled to begin at noon.


          WHAT:    CUPE Ontario solidarity rally and barbecue for striking CUPE 1600 members

          WHEN:    Thursday, May 18, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

          WHERE: Toronto Zoo’s main entrance, Meadowvale Road (Just north of Sheppard Avenue)

          WHO:      Striking CUPE 1600 members, CUPE Ontario, community and labour allies


CUPE 1600 represents close to 400 zookeepers, horticulturists, trades people, maintenance, administration and public relations staff, concession and ride operators at the Toronto Zoo, Canada’s largest zoo and a world leading research, education and conservation facility.




For more information, please contact:

Kevin Wilson, CUPE Communications, 416-821-6641