CUPE Local 79 signs letter urging transparency over dealings with Sidewalk Labs

Local 79 President Dave Mitchell has joined a group of academics, business leaders and experts in signing an open letter urging Waterfront Toronto, the organization administering the redevelopment of Toronto’s waterfront, to show transparency in its private dealings with SideWalk Labs. The Google subsidiary has proposed plans to acquire public land to build a data-driven smart […]

November 9: Rally to save the services that save us!

We’re helping the Ontario Health Coalition organize a massive rally to save our health care services from cuts, closures, and mergers. There will be live music, speakers, noisemakers, visual presentations, hot chocolate, snacks and more! We need your help to mount an enormous amount of pressure on the Doug Ford government for a full reversal […]

Holiday party at the Sheraton sold out

Tickets for Local 79’s Holiday Party are sold out. For those who were able to purchase a ticket, the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel has reserved a number of rooms for Local 79 members at a discounted rate of $159.00. Contact their Reservations Center at 1- 888- 627- 7175 with group code CU3881 to book a […]

Hundreds of Local 79 members march in the 2019 Labour Day Parade

We extend our thanks to all the Local 79 members who attended the Labour Day Parade on Monday, September 2, 2019. Hundreds of us marched through the streets of Toronto in our blue t-shirts with thousands of other union members  to show our union pride. This year’s theme, as designated by event organizers The Toronto […]

Local 79 hosts 2019 Equity Symposium on addressing bias in the workplace

On Monday, June 3, 2019 — CUPE Local 79 held its annual Equity Symposium, an event jointly organized with the City of Toronto. The Equity Symposium is a training event for union stewards and management that focuses on an equity-related issue each year. This was the 12th annual Equity Symposium and its theme was: Addressing Bias […]

Hundreds rally in support of Bridgepoint Hospital workers

On May 30, hundreds of CUPE Ontario members marched up to Mount Sinai Hospital to join Local 79 for a rally to support Bridgepoint workers, who are being mistreated by their employer: Sinai Health Systems. CUPE Local 79 has been working towards negotiating a fair collective agreement for our Bridgepoint Hospital nurses, paramedical and service […]

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 […]