Local 79 tells City’s Budget Committee about impacts of cuts in 2017 Budget

On Tuesday, January 10th — Local 79 President Tim Maguire deputed alongside Local 79 member Jennifer Chandran from the Housing Connections program (Shelter, Support, and Housing Administration Division). They told the City’s Budget Committee that cuts to City Divisions are impeding staff’s ability to deliver the level of service that Toronto’s communities need and are harming […]

The Gardiner Tsunami

The TorontoCanDoBetter.ca coalition has put together a great little report about how the City’s focus on repairing the Gardiner (instead of choosing the at-grade boulevard option for rehabilitating the eastern portion of the Gardiner), is drowning the City’s ability to properly maintain and invest in the rest of Toronto. Take a look at this short […]

Local 79 joins allies to launch TorontoCanDoBetter.ca campaign

Toronto’s public services help build better lives, but they are under threat. We are joining other workers and community allies to fight against cuts to services and the elimination of hundreds of frontline staff. We need a long-term solution that supports our services. Join our Toronto Can Do Better Campaign now by sending an email […]

Today is Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day!

Today we celebrate all the incredible work that our members perform in child care centres across Toronto. Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day recognizes the important work of child care workers and early childhood educators and acknowledges the contributions they make to the vibrancy of Toronto communities. Research shows the many economic […]

Maguire deputes on contracting out of mechanics in Fleet Services

Local 79 President Tim Maguire told the City’s Government Management Committee yesterday that their plans to contract out mechanics that do maintenance in Fleet Services is ill-advised. While Local 79 members aren’t being targetted by this proposed contracting out, we do have many members who rely on preventative maintenance to ensure they are able to safely deliver […]

Let’s make TCHC the housing provider tenants deserve

Transforming TCHC into the kind of housing provider tenants deserve starts with proper funding to make repairs in a timely manner and provide appropriate supports to meet tenants’ needs. The City should also look to bring long-needed stability to TCHC, reforming the structure carefully to improve accountability and decentralize decision-making to allow front-line workers to […]

CUPE Local 79 agrees to new four-year contract

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TORONTO – The bargaining team representing members of Local 79 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Local 79) today agreed to terms on a tentative four-year contract with the City of Toronto. “In every round of bargaining, you set out to get the best deal possible at that time, under those circumstances,” said […]

Member Spotlight: Shannon Berseth

This week, our member spotlight is on Shannon Berseth, a Part-Time 311 Toronto customer service representative. Shannon began working for the City in 2013, bringing with her a host of call centre experience. One of her last gigs was as a manager at a large corporate outfit, which she left after being offered a package […]