Closure of Bellevue Child Care Centre fails Torontonians

The following letter from CUPE Local 79 President Tim Maguire was delivered to the General Manager of Children’s Services, questioning why the City is allowing Bellevue Child Care Centre to close when there’s such a great need for child care in Toronto.

Don’t make the City an employer of precarious work

This letter from CUPE Local 79 Vice-President Nancy Murphy was sent to Mayor Ford and the members of his Executive Committee. It warns against the increasing level of precarious employment in Toronto, and asks the City not to take part in creating that kind of work by facilitating the contracting out of cleaning services.

No to a Casino. “Gambling addictions and increasing poverty will overwhelm a social service infrastructure already under siege.”

 Mayor Rob Ford, Chair, and Members of the Executive Committee  RE:     Executive Committee Meeting 30 (Special)               Item EX30.1 – New Casino and Convention Development in Toronto My name is Lily Chang. I am the Treasurer of CUPE Local 79, Toronto’s inside workers. I’m deputing to Executive Committee representing over 2000 members working for […]

CUPE Local 79 says No to a casino – “It is clear from a public health perspective that a casino is the wrong choice for Toronto.”

Mayor Rob Ford, Chair, and Members of the Executive Committee RE:     Executive Committee Meeting 30 (Special)              Item EX30.1 – New Casino and Convention Development in Toronto My name is Nancy Murphy, and I am the First Vice President of CUPE Local 79. I am submitting this deputation to highlight concerns raised by Local 79 […]

CUPE Local 79 deputes at the Casino debate on the excessive strain placed on people working across a broad range of services – just say “No”

Mayor Rob Ford, Chair, and Members of the Executive Committee  RE:     Executive Committee Meeting 30 (Special)               Item EX30.1 – New Casino and Convention Development in Toronto I would like the Executive Committee to receive this deputation from me as Chief Steward of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 79 and […]

Celebrating Peter Kormos (1952-2013)

Peter Kormos, left, talks with CUPE Local 79 President Tim Maguire at the 1996 ONDP Convention.

In this note , CUPE Local 79 President Tim Maguire reflects on the life of Peter Kormos

Canada’s Economic Action Plan 2013 – A “Shell Game”

Tim Maguire responds to PM Harper’s budget – What’s missing in the Economic Action Plan 2013 is a plan for workers and needed services for communities.   Dear Prime Minister: I am writing to you on behalf of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79, the largest municipal union local in Canada, representing […]

Against Road Tolls: The 407-ization of the daily commute

The following letter was written by CUPE Local 79 President Tim Maguire and sent to the City of Toronto’s Planning and Growth Management Committee. Modified versions were sent to the Chair of Metrolinx and the Premier of Ontario (posted subsequently). It expresses Tim’s views that road tolls are not a fair way to make up for funding shortfalls. This is a submission as part of the “Toronto Talks Transportation” process.