March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

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Labour Council and Urban Alliance on Race Relations are holding a special forum in the Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday March 21st. The shocking events in the United States, Quebec and Ontario remind us of how important it is to build a strong movement to fight racism, Islamophobia and bigotry. Where: Council […]

Join us on March 11th for International Women’s Day 2017

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Join Local 79 as we attend the International Women’s Day rally and march (please note new location!) When: Saturday, March 11th, 2017  (Indoor rally begins at 11:00 a.m./March begins at 1:00 p.m.) Where: Medical Sciences Building Auditorium, 1 Kings College Circle (University of Toronto) This year’s theme is “Stop the Hate! Unite the fight! Build the Resistance!” […]

Local 79 helps draw attention to City Budget that lacks a heart

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Just before Council began its final deliberations on the 2017 City Budget, “Commitment 2 Community” held a post-valentines’ “Have a Heart, Stop the Cuts” rally at City Hall. Local 79 attended and Part-Time Recreation worker Laura Aversa spoke on the effects of service cuts to Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Watch her presentation at the rally in the video […]

Local 79 responds to the Province’s pilot project on Basic Income

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In March 2016, the Provincial government announced its intention to run a pilot project on Basic Income. There are many models of basic income, but the idea is to replace programs such as Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) with a fixed benefit. Local 79 has serious concerns about basic income […]

“Play-In” outside Mayor’s Office over cuts to child care and recreation

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On Tuesday, February 7th — around 30 children (and their guardians) descended on City Hall to participate in a “Play-In” to protest Mayor John Tory’s cuts to child care and recreation in the proposed City budget. The event was co-hosted by the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, Toronto Women’s City Alliance, Social Planning Toronto […]

Local 79 highlights continued SAMS administrative burden & flawed Fleet Services contract

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On Monday, January 23 — Local 79 presented at the City’s Government Management Committee about our concerns regarding the Social Assistance Management System’s (SAMS) continued administrative burden in the Toronto Employment & Social Services Division. We questioned the wisdom of eliminating 66 temporary positions that were originally brought in to help alleviate that burden. We […]

Mayor Tory’s push to privatize waste collection is just the start

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Local 79 President Tim Maguire expressed frustration today at the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee over the proposal to further contract out waste collection in Toronto. Tim cited both a 2015 Ernst & Young and City staff report that showed Toronto will not save money by pursuing further contracting out of solid waste collection; residents will be […]