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.
The City’s Budget Committee conducted three days of public consultations (January 12-14, 2016) about the proposed 2016 Operating and Capital Budgets that affect all workers who work for the City of Toronto. The details in the 2016 budget show how staffing levels, gapping rates and vacancies have had a major impact on the delivery of City services. Over 2500 jobs remain unfilled in the City’s workforce because of gapping and vacancies. Local 79, along with many other organizations and agencies, wants the City to find long-term, sustainable solutions to its revenue problem.
On December 15, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its final report into the legacy of Residential Schools in Canada, along with 94 Calls to Action. The TRC spent six years speaking to survivors, gathering documents and meeting with communities. On December 18, the City’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee heard a presentation about what municipalities can do to implement the Commission’s Calls to Action. Tim Maguire sent a letter to the Committee to express the support of Local 79 and the broader labour movement.
This week Local 79 sent Council Briefing Notes to City Councillors. Briefing Notes highlight issues at City Council that are important to, and impact, Local 79 Members. Some of those issues include identifying new revenue tools to fund City programs and services, filling gapped positions and staff vacancies to improve services, and creating additional supports […]
This week, the City’s Executive Committee considered a recommendation to review how translation services are delivered to Toronto’s residents. Tim Maguire pointed out that even though Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, we contract out most of our translation services. He argues the City should consider a strategy to deliver translation and interpretation services directly.
Tim Maguire was at the City’s Executive Committee to discuss the City Manager’s recent report on Toronto’s fiscal framework. The City Manager reported that City Council will need to consider new revenue tools if it wants to build the City’s physical infrastructure. Tim argued that we can’t afford to neglect the social infrastructure delivered by members of Local 79. He also indicated Local 79’s support for new revenue tools to support good jobs, poverty reduction, and City services.