TCHC’s 2018 Tenant Experience Survey revealed that tenants living in contract-managed buildings consistently report feeling less satisfied than tenants in direct-managed buildings. In light of these findings, Local 79 President David Mitchell wrote to TCHC’s Board of Directors to say that it’s time for the contract-managed buildings to come under direct management.
After a spate of lock-downs at City of Toronto workplaces where insufficient information was provided to staff, City Councillors Bradford and McKelvie brought a motion forward to City Council requesting training for all staff on lock-down procedures. Local 79 President Dave Mitchell sent a letter to Council supporting the motion, and asking that CUPE Local 79 be included as a key partner on the implementation of this training.
Secretariat Contact Julie Amoroso 10th floor, West Tower, City Hall 100 Queen Street West Toronto, ON M5H 2N2 Dear Mayor Tory, Re: EX7.1 Implementing Tenants First – A New Seniors Housing Corporation and Proposed Changes to Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s Governance. As the union for workers at Toronto Community Housing, CUPE Local 79 agrees that […]
CUPE Local 79 strongly supports Toronto’s supervised consumption and treatment services and the life saving work that harm reduction workers do every day. Our members in Toronto Public Health keep our city healthy by providing health clinics, nutrition programs, and working to stop infectious diseases. The front-line workers at Toronto Public Health’s supervised consumption and […]
Kronos, the City’s new time attendance and scheduling system, continues its roll-out across City divisions. Before the City injects additional funding into the project to continue its expansion, Tim Maguire told members of the Government Management Committee that they need to make sure the system that’s already been implemented is working. During labour-management meetings, we’ve […]
Dear Minister Sousa: RE: Ontario 2017 Budget, Pre-Budget Consultations It is my pleasure to submit comments to the Minister of Finance’s pre-budget consultations on behalf of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79. This submission is intended to complement the verbal remarks I gave at the November 21, 2016 consultation. Local 79 represents […]
Dear Indira Naidoo-Harris, RE: Consultation on Early Years and Child Care Strategy (EYCC) I am writing on behalf of CUPE Local 79, the largest municipal union in Canada representing over 20,000 City of Toronto employees. Local 79 members provide Early Learning & Child Care Services at publicly operated child care centres across the City of […]
Proposed changes to age groupings, group sizes and staff ratios will undermine the ability of child care staff to carefully and comprehensively nurture the children entrusted to their care.
Local 79 strongly endorsed the Ontario NDP Bill calling for more supports for women who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. Bill 177 recommends paid leave, flexibility in the type of evidence required for accommodation and more workplace training.
In January, the Mayor’s Task Force on Toronto Community Housing released its final report. Local 79 is working with community partners, progressive City Councillors and tenants’ groups to assess the report’s recommendations and propose alternatives. The Report’s major recommendation is to create a new non-profit housing provider “New Home” to operate TCHC’s current housing stock and/or transfer housing management to another non-profit or private sector entity. Local 79 is concerned that this approach would reduce transparency and accountability. Along with my deputation to the Executive Committee, I wrote to the City Manager Peter Wallace advocating for greater accountability, and to keep housing publicly operated to ensure the protection of social housing and the interests of TCHC’s workers, tenants, and communities.