87% of PSWs and RPNs at Toronto-run long-term care homes experience violence

Staff at the City of Toronto ten, long-term care homes– particularly racialized workers – experience a high level of violence, abuse and harassment, a newly released poll of front-line long-term care workers has found. The poll is the first time that CUPE Local 79 has surveyed its long-term care members – the vast majority of […]

Local 79 joins calls for City to declare state of emergency over homelessness

With several City of Toronto shelters operating at over-capacity, the President of CUPE Local 79, Dave Mitchell, is supporting housing advocates’ call for the City of Toronto to declare a state of emergency over homelessness. Despite more resources being promised to the City’s shelter system, capacity isn’t being increased fast enough to meed demand. “Shelter […]

Toronto Community Housing Workers Support Strike Mandate

TORONTO, ONTARIO — Workers at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation represented by CUPE Local 79 have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike mandate. Local 79 has been negotiating a new contract with TCHC since October. “We are bargaining for good, stable jobs that support delivering great services to TCHC tenants,” said Tim Maguire, president of Local […]

City planners at breaking point due to development pressures, new report shows

(TORONTO) –  A new report shows increasing development and planning challenges in Toronto have brought City planners to a breaking point. CUPE Local 79 surveyed its members in the City’s Planning Division and found that workloads are often unmanageable and overworked staff are sometimes unable to meet legislated requirements for development applications. “Our planners are […]

CUPE Local 79 ratifies collective agreements

TORONTO – Members of Local 79 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Local 79) today ratified collective agreements for the local’s Full-Time, Part-Time Recreation and Unit B Part-Time members with the City of Toronto. “We are pleased our members ratified the agreements we negotiated, made possible because of the strength they showed during bargaining,” said […]

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 […]

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 – […]

Toronto’s workers launch campaign for Good Jobs

Today, CUPE Local 79 launched a campaign calling on the City to become a leader in building good jobs, starting with its own employment, contracting and procurement practices. “Toronto is the most unequal city in Canada and that is due in a large part to the fact that over half of workers don’t have stable […]