On April 13, 2017 — the Community Development and Recreation Committee took major action on three important issues. Shelter Cuts Reversed Staffing cuts in Shelters, Support and Housing Administration as a result of the budget have been reversed. Local 79’s President Tim Maguire joined other shelter advocates to highligh the importance of the reversal but also […]
On Thursday, March 23, 2017 — Local 79 turned 75 and kicked-off what’s planned to be a year of celebrations. On our 75th birthday, we held an event at City Hall and watched as Local 79’s flag was raised on the City of Toronto’s flagpole. Local 79 members and friends were invited for a light lunch. Local 79 […]
Local 79 celebrated Black History month this year by honouring the life of Viola Desmond — a black businesswoman from Nova Scotia credited for helping shape the civil rights movement in Canada.
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!” […]
Join us as we partcipate for the first time ever in Toronto’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Meet us at St. George and Bloor on Sunday, March 19th, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. The parade begins at 12:00 noon.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
On Tuesday, City Council supported Mayor John Tory’s motion to defer plans to further privatize waste collection. Tory moved for deferral because knew that he simply didn’t have enough votes at City Council to go ahead with his contracting out scheme. The Council vote comes after months of campaigning from CUPE Local 416, whose members provide […]
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 […]