Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

June 02, 2017 10:08 ET

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

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 2, 2017) - 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 will begin at approximately 12 noon and run until approximately 1:30 p.m.

Striking CUPE 1600 members will be joined by delegates to the CUPE Ontario Division convention, which is taking place this week, as well as other labour unions, the Toronto and York Region Labour Council and community allies.

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

WHAT: Rally and demonstration in support of CUPE Local 1600 (Toronto Zoo Workers)
WHEN: Today, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. (approx.)
WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square, 100 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
WHO: Members of CUPE Local 1600, CUPE Ontario Convention delegates,
labour and community allies
Speakers to include: Christine McKenzie, CUPE 1600 President,
Fred Hahn, CUPE Ontario President
WHY: To show support for striking CUPE 1600 members and call on the Toronto Zoo and its owner, the City of Toronto, to get back to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair collective agreement.

CUPE 1600 represents more than 400 zookeepers, horticulturalists, trades people, administration and public relations staff, concession and ride operators at Canada's largest Zoo. They have been on strike since May 11.

Contact Information

  • Kevin Wilson
    CUPE Communications
    416-821-6641