City Manager’s Core Service Review Recommendations, ‘A Betrayal of Voters’ Trust’ – Ann Dembinski

If Approved, ‘Thousands of Children and the Elderly Will Pay the Price for the Mayor’s Actions,’ Warns CUPE Local 79 President TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Sept. 13, 2011) – Thousands of Toronto’s most vulnerable people and communities will pay the price if City Manager Joseph Pennachetti’s Core Service Review recommendations go forward, the President of Canada’s […]

Toronto’s Residents and Reputation Will Suffer Under Ford’s Cuts

Women and low income families will bear the brunt Toronto – Ann Dembinski, President of CUPE Local 79, presented at Toronto’s Executive Committee today calling on Mayor Ford to keep his promise not to make major cuts to city services. “Mayor Ford guaranteed during last year’s municipal election that he would not make major cuts […]

Cleaners Confront City Hall

Dealing with Hepatitis, scabies, urine, HIV and blood are part of the job (Toronto) – Police Station Heavy Duty Cleaners made an impassioned and very personal appeal today at the Government Management Committee to save the services they provide. “We have difficult and dirty jobs. We clean cells at police stations, and this often brings […]

Mayor Ford Needs to Recant Misleading Statement

 “Public has a Right to Know the Truth”  TORONTO, ONTARIO— CUPE 79 President, Ann Dembinski, calls on Mayor Ford to recant his statement that labour costs make up 80% of City budget. “The public has a right to know the truth. Mr. Ford needs to correct the record immediately,” stated Dembinski, whose union represents the […]

Rob Ford’s Toronto Doesn’t Include Child Care and Long Term Care

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – July 14, 2011) – The latest Report by the City’s outside ‘consultants’ wants Councillors to consider transferring 57 City-operated child care centres to private operators and selling off 9 of the 10 City-run Long Term Care Homes to private sector operators. The Report even suggests that the sale of Long Term Care […]

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

City Union Rejects Buy-Out – Would Lead to Service Cuts

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – July 13, 2011) – During the election campaign Rob Ford declared time and again that he would not reduce or cut services — but his latest scheme, the Voluntary Separation Program, means that for every buy-out there will be a service reduction.