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

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Local 79 stands in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington

In the spirit of saying no to hate and yes to justice, equity and social change — people from around the world mobilized on the day after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. On Saturday, January 21, we marched in one of the largest global demonstrations ever, uniting our communities in Toronto to speak out against acts of hate. Not […]

Local 79 members presented at City’s Budget Subcommittee meetings

We brought Local 79 frontline workers to the Budget Subcommittee meetings at the City’s six civic centres. Four members of Local 79 joined Local 79 President Tim Maguire at these meetings to tell their stories of how proposed budget cuts will hurt the public services we all depend on. Scarborough Civic Centre – Nikeisha Anderson – RPN in […]

Local 79 joins coalition to highlight City Budget’s gender inequity

This year Local 79 joined allies in promoting City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam’s push to examine the impacts of the City Budget under a gender equity lens. We joined a communications strategy that used social media to comment on how the City’s budget cuts affect women and families, using the hashtag #GenderEquityTO. On January 10th, our very own Local 79 […]