TORONTO, ON – With contract negotiations with the Toronto Zoo about to kick into high gear, members of Local 1600 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 1600) will today hold an information session in front of Toronto City Hall.

The information picket will take place as negotiators for both sides prepare for collective bargaining in advance of a lockout or strike deadline of May 11.

A small contingent of participants is expected to attend the Toronto Zoo Board of Management meeting scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Following the event, CUPE 1600 President Christine Mckenzie will hold a brief availability with media to update them on the status of collective bargaining with the zoo.

Media wishing to arrange interviews with Christine Mckenzie are encouraged to contact Kevin Wilson, CUPE Communications.


WHAT:      Information picket by CUPE 1600 and supporters

WHEN:      Thursday, May 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

WHERE:    Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West

WHY:         To raise public awareness of current collective bargaining with Toronto Zoo


CUPE 1600 represents more than 400 zookeepers, horticulturists, trades people, maintenance, administration and public relations staff, concession and ride operators at Canada’s largest zoo.




For more information, please contact:

Kevin Wilson, CUPE Communications, 416-821-6641