CUPE members amongst injured and killed in Monday’s horrendous attack

We regret to report that fellow CUPE members were amongst those injured and killed on Monday in the horrendous attack that took place on Yonge Street. Our very own Local 79 member Amaresh Tesfamariam, a Registered Practical Nurse at Fudger House, was gravely injured and remains in critical condition at Sunnybrook Hospital. We are keeping […]

Local 79 echoes alarm over City’s Long-Term Financial Plan

On March 19, 2018 — Toronto city manager Peter Wallace released his report on the City’s longterm financial plan. The report made a shocking revelation: that Toronto will face a deficit of $1.42 billion in 5 years if it continues on its current financial trajectory. The City’s unsustainable practice of dipping into reserve funds, relying […]

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Labour Council and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations are holding a special “Unite to Stop the Hate: Access to Justice” event in the Council Chamber of Toronto City Hall on Wednesday March 21st to recognize the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Where: Council Chamber, Toronto City Hall When: Wednesday, March 21st […]

TCHC workers dress in blue to show support for their bargaining committee

Starting on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2018 — Local 79 members who work for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation began dressing in blue on Wednesdays to show support as their Local 79 Bargaining Committee negotiates a contract with their employer. Members are sending in their photos of the action and Local 79 Bargaining Committee members, staff […]

International Women’s Day is March 3

Local 79 will join in the International Women’s Day march and rally on March 3, 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. at OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St. W. Look for the CUPE Local 79 flags to join our contingent as we march to Ryerson University. In the meantime, get motivated by Queen Cee’s remake of the “Bread & Roses” poem/song […]

2018 Black History Month celebration!

On Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 — Local 79 celebrated Black History Month to our best-ever attended annual event! Attendees were treated to five fantastic guest speakers: Ken Amoroso, Past CUPE Local 79 Membership Secretary & Chair of Local 79’s Retirees Committee; Don Styles, CUPE National Representative; Aubrey Gonsalves, President of CUPE Local 2316 and Family […]

Lessons from privatization: Toronto should learn the Carillion lesson

Contracting out and privatization is risky, costs more, and reduces the reliability of public services. Last week, the collapse of Carillion in the UK shook policy-makers and public service providers. Carillion is one of the largest privatization companies in the world, responsible for delivering essential public services ranging from highway clearing and maintenance to delivering […]

City divisions forced to use vacancies to meet budget requirements

On January 10th, 2018 — Local 79 Vice President Jason Chan participated in the City’s consultations on the 2018 City Budget, telling the Budget Committee that after many years of budget cuts, frontline city workers are feeling stretched. Chan highlighted the need for more recreation programs and made the case for better investments for services across […]

Local 79’s 2018-2020 Executive take office

CUPE Local 79’s 2018-2020 Executive have taken office. Click here to learn a bit about each member of the Executive Committee.  Local 79 President Dave Mitchell ran on a plank of “members first” and says he plans to fulfill that promise by increasing Local 79’s responsiveness to members’ requests for support on grievances and WSIB/benefits-related issues. […]

There’s a shelter crisis in Toronto: Mayor Tory needs to call a state of emergency

On Monday November 20th, 2017, the City’s Community Development & Recreation Committee (CDRC) called for the Mayor to declare a state of emergency and immediately open 1000 additional shelter beds after hearing from numerous groups about how the homelessness crisis is overwhelming our shelter system. More than 5000 people use Toronto’s shelter system on any […]