Good Jobs Gala

Join CUPE Local 79 as we celebrate 75 years of building good jobs that deliver services in Toronto at the Art Gallery of Ontario. We will reflect on highlights of the last 75 years and talk about our path forward, as we connect with our activist roots and join allies to fight for better lives […]

CUPE National Convention strengthens resolve against austerity

Local 79 delegates attended the CUPE National Convention last week and brought forward a number of resolutions on issues like basic income, affordable childcare and defending defined benefit plans. Of note — convention delegates approved a resolution to begin pay for eligible members of striking locals on the first day of a strike, instead of the fifth, as is currently […]

Local 79 mourns the death of 311 worker Jonathan Prosper

It is with great sadness that we at Local 79 share the news that Local 79 member Jonathan Prosper has passed away. His sudden death was a shock to coworkers in the City of Toronto’s 311 Division and has left many of them reeling. Jonathan began working in 311 in April of 2010, where he […]

CUPE Local 79 is with Jagmeet

Local 79 President Tim Maguire has announced that CUPE Local 79 is endorsing Jagmeet Singh for Leader of Canada’s NDP. Read Tim’s letter to Local 79 members about this endorsement.

Local 79 takes Toronto Public Health to task over elimination of Flex-Time

On Tuesday, Local 79 visited the offices of Toronto Public Health to push the Division to find a resolution on flex-time. A year ago, Toronto Public Health (TPH) cancelled the Compressed Workweek program that helped workers in TPH balance work-life with home-life. Local 79 pressed TPH into considering an alternative flex-time program and last fall we met […]

Local 79 recognized by United Way at Thanks A Million Awards breakfast

Local 79 was invited to the 2016 Thanks A Million Awards breakfast, where the City of Toronto and its unions/associations received recognition for helping to raise more than $1 Million in 2016 campaign. Local 79 Treasurer Lily Chang (pictured far right) accepted the award. We’re so proud of our ongoing relationship with the United Way. […]

Last week at the City’s Executive Committee meeting, Local 79 President Tim Maguire was joined by Karen Pascual, a longtime member working at TCHC, to call for a better social housing system for Toronto. Karen and Tim told the Committee that not only do we need to fix the City’s current social housing, but we […]

Local 79 relaunches Good Jobs TO campaign

Local 79 has relaunched its Good Jobs TO campaign to remind Torontonians that over half the city’s workers don’t have stable, secure work — and there are ways to change that. One strategy is to push the City of Toronto, one of the region’s largest employers and buyers of goods and services, to be a leader in good […]

Toronto one step closer to being a leader on good stable jobs

On Monday, May 29th, 2017 — the City took a step forward to improve the general work standards for anyone who works for the City. The Government Management Committee directed staff to develop new standards that provide anyone working for the City either directly or through a contractor with: At least 7 paid sick days a year […]