Local 79 rallies against cuts to Toronto Public Health

In late April, news leaked that Doug Ford planned to expand his attack on health care by slashing funding to public health units across Ontario. He has targeted Toronto with the worst of the cuts, slashing $1 billion dollars from Toronto Public Health over the next 10 years. Public health services affect every aspect of […]

Local 79 joins calls for City to declare state of emergency over homelessness

With several City of Toronto shelters operating at over-capacity, the President of CUPE Local 79, Dave Mitchell, is supporting housing advocates’ call for the City of Toronto to declare a state of emergency over homelessness. Despite more resources being promised to the City’s shelter system, capacity isn’t being increased fast enough to meed demand. “Shelter […]

Local 79 Holiday Party at the Sheraton

On December 14, 2018 — Local 79′ held its 2019 Holiday Party at the Sheraton Hotel’s Dominion Ballroom. Thanks to our fantastic Master of Ceremony Andrew Cox, and to Soul Food and DJ Kester for the music! Thank you to Snapdragon Studios for the great photos. Click here to view our holiday party photo album! […]

Celebrating the work of our Human Rights Committee!

CUPE Local 79’s Human Rights Committee has had a busy December, and we’d like to acknowledge their great work. At a recent Human Rights Committee meeting, members opted to donate their meeting honorariums to the Daily Bread Foodbank, raising $200. The Committee also ran a winter clothing drive this December, and were completely overwhelmed by […]


Local 79 attended the Toronto Public Service Employee Campaign for United Way Greater Toronto kickoff in Nathan Philips Square today. We were represented by Full-Time Unit Officer Lily Chang, who helped unveil this year’s fundraising goal of $1,550,000! With the high levels of inequality and poverty in Toronto, we understand the importance of continuing our […]

Labour Day 2018

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at the 2018 Labour Day parade. Despite not attending the CNE, due to our decision to stand in solidarity with IATSE Local 58 members who had been locked out by Exhibition Place, we had a great time at the Lamport Stadium afterparty — replete with […]

Local 79 members ratify new Collective Agreement with TCHC

On Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Local 79 members voted to ratify a new Collective Agreement with the Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC). The new contract applies from January 1, 2016 and will be in effect until December 31, 2019. Local 79’s bargaining committee members extend their gratitude to members from TCHC for showing their support […]

Local 79 pushes back against Auditor General’s Report on child care

On April 26th, 2018 – the City’s Auditor General released a report titled Children’s Services Division Opportunities to Achieve Greater Value from Public Funds. The report contained some good recommendations on how the City could find savings in the administration of the child care system through better use of existing spaces, managing waitlists and ensuring […]