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 […]

City of Toronto workers need stable jobs, say part-timers

Local 79 President Tim Maguire held a press conference earlier today with Local 4948 President Maureen O’Reilly and City of Toronto Part-Time workers, who called on the City to provide more stable jobs. Click here for an article from CP24 that covered the event. Read the accompanying press release below. Press Release TORONTO, ON – […]

Local 79’s 2016 City Budget Guide

Toronto is a dynamic city with the potential to be the best city to in which to live, work, play and raise a family, but the truth is we face some incredible challenges that stop us from reaching our potential. We are the most unequal city in Canada with the highest concentration of working poor. […]

Toronto needs social infrastructure investments, and that means new revenue tools

Tim Maguire was at the City’s Executive Committee to discuss the City Manager’s recent report on Toronto’s fiscal framework. The City Manager reported that City Council will need to consider new revenue tools if it wants to build the City’s physical infrastructure. Tim argued that we can’t afford to neglect the social infrastructure delivered by members of Local 79. He also indicated Local 79’s support for new revenue tools to support good jobs, poverty reduction, and City services.

Good Jobs are the Key to Poverty Reduction

This week, City Council’s Government Management and Community Development and Recreation Committees looked at how to implement the Interim Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy. Tim Maguire highlighted the importance of quality  jobs for providing a path out of poverty. He told the committees that the City needs to become a living wage employer, develop and implement […]

Labour Day 2015

On Monday, September 7th, 2015 — Local 79 members marched through the streets of Toronto to celebrate our solidarity and the gains the Labour Movement has made. We made a splash with our bright-orange t-shirts, making clear which party we’ll support in the 2015 Federal Election (Thomas Mulcair’s New Democratic Party in case you were […]