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 […]

Local 79 hosts its first-ever Stewards Summit

It takes workplace leaders to help keep our approximately 20,000 members active and organized. That’s why we’re proud of the workplace Stewards who came to Local 79’s first-ever Stewards Summit. They’re learning to make our workplaces better, so that we can in turn deliver the outstanding public services that Toronto communities deserve. Take a look […]

CUPE Local 79 votes to affiliate with Canada’s New Democrats

TORONTO, ONTARIO–  Canada’s largest local union has voted to affiliate with Canada’s New Democrats. At a general membership meeting this week, members of Local 79 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 79) voted unanimously to affiliate with the federal New Democratic Party (NDP). “Our members understood that they can’t sit on the sidelines […]

Upcoming dates of significance

In May, Local 79 will mark Asian Heritage Month, Jewish Heritage Month, and the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Please read more about these days to learn more about them.

Local 79 sponsors 2nd Annual City Ball Hockey Tournament

On Saturday, March 28th, hundreds of kids got to enjoy a great day of ball hockey, pizza and fun at the 2nd Annual City Ball Hockey Tournament, held at the Better Living Centre. This year’s annual tournament featured 16 teams of boy’s and girl’s ball hockey teams assembled from participating Community Recreation Centres. It was […]

Calling a Code Red on SAMS

On March 12, 2015, CUPE Local 79 members wore red as part of CUPE Ontario’s call to implement a CODE RED on the Province’s Social Assistance Management System (SAMS). Ever since its rollout, SAMS has caused headaches for the recipients of social assistance and the social service workers that administer the program. And the Province […]

Game Changer Tour – How to bring out the vote

Brigette DePape was the Parliamentary Page who disrupted the Senate Throne speech with a “Stop Harper” sign. Today, Brigette is a campaigner for the Council of Canadians and is embarking on a national tour that can make a difference in the election outcome. This tour will be in Toronto on March 23 at Ryerson Student […]

Heroes Seen and Unseen: Remembering Muriel Collins

On February 25th, 2015, as part of CUPE Local 79’s celebrations for Black History Month 2015, an event was held to honour and reflect on the extraordinary life of Muriel Collins, who passed away on November 12th, 2013.

Where does the 2015 City Budget take us?

Toronto’s 2015 Budget spares Toronto some of the deep cuts to services we have seen since amalgamation, but Local 79 does have concerns in a few key areas. For example: The proposed budget reduces homelessness services at Streets to Homes and the Parks Ambassador program; Rather than including the 3 new Youth Lounge spaces that […]