Support the Zoo Workers of CUPE 1600

The following message from ETFO President Sam Hammond has been modified for ETT members.

CUPE 1600 represents more than 400 zookeepers, horticulturists, trades people, maintenance, administration and public relations staff, concession, and ride operators at the Toronto Zoo.

The local has been involved in a difficult round of negotiations for several weeks. The employer is demanding that the local bargaining team accept weakened job security protection, as well as more power to contract out work.

In response to CUPE 1600’s refusal to negotiate collective agreement strips, Zoo management recently requested a “No Board” report from the Ministry of Labour. Strike action or a lock-out could take place as early as Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Members planning field trips to the Toronto Zoo should stay apprised of the bargaining situation.

Take Action to Support the Zoo Workers of CUPE 1600

  • Share the attached letter with your colleagues.
  • Urge the Zoo to negotiate a fair collective agreement with the members of CUPE 1600 by contacting Jennifer Tracey, Senior Director, Marketing, Communications, and Partnerships at the Toronto Zoo at or 416-669-7074.
  • Tweet your messages of support for CUPE 1600 to @CUPEOntario and @TheTorontoZoo.