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 […]

Implementing Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy

City Hall

As City Council’s Budget Committee considered the Interim Toronto Poverty Reduction Strategy, Tim Maguire highlighted three budgetary priorities: thinking carefully about how a proposed 2% cut would affect Torontonians experiencing poverty, the importance of the City becoming a living wage employer, and the need to consider alternate revenue tools to provide stable funding to anti-poverty programs.

Come on down to Local 79’s Blue Jays Social!

When: Friday, August 28, 2015 — Game time: 7:07 p.m.Where: Rogers Centre Get to know some of your fellow Local 79 members and come out to the ball game! Tickets available for purchase by registering on CUPE Local 79′s Members’ Portal under the Events tab. This event is open to all Local 79 members and […]

Local 79 sponsors Toronto Lifeguard Competition

Local 79 was proud to sponsor the Toronto Lifeguard Competition again this year. Toronto operates 65 indoor pools, 57 outdoor pools, 104 wading pools, and 93 splash pads — all made possible by the work of Local 79 members. Toronto’s lifeguards showed off their lifesaving skills today through various mock scenarios. Take a look at […]