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Maguire tells City it’s not doing enough to confront Toronto’s shelter crisis

Toronto’s homeless are under-housed and our shelters are understaffed. More than 5,000 people use Toronto’s shelter system on any given night. Shelters are consistently above the 90% occupancy rate set by Council and shelter use by families has gone up 50% from last year. Toronto is experiencing a homeless crisis. Watch Local 79 President Tim Maguire […]

Local 79 calls for better plan to tackle recreation waitlists

Waitlists for recreation programs have grown by 74% over the last three years to 198,236 and, if nothing is done, the waitlist will grow to 400,000 by 2025. Click here to read our briefing note on the recreation file and watch below as Local 79 member Asasha McCreath and President Tim Maguire tell the City’s […]

Local 79 kicks off its 75th Anniversary celebrations

On Thursday, March 23, 2017 — Local 79 turned 75 and kicked-off what’s planned to be a year of celebrations. On our 75th birthday, we held an event at City Hall and watched as Local 79’s flag was raised on the City of Toronto’s flagpole. Local 79 members and friends were invited for a light lunch. Local 79 […]

Annual Equity Symposium turns 10

This year the Equity Symposium marked a special anniversary. For 10 years now, the City of Toronto and CUPE Local 79 have cooperated to host this event with the goal of improving equity in our workplaces. Click on the 2017 Equity Symposium program to read the welcome letters from Local 79 President Tim Maguire and Equity Vice-President […]

Heroes Seen and Unseen: Celebrating the life of Viola Desmond

Local 79 celebrated Black History month this year by honouring the life of Viola Desmond — a black businesswoman from Nova Scotia credited for helping shape the civil rights movement in Canada.

Local 79 helps draw attention to City Budget that lacks a heart

Just before Council began its final deliberations on the 2017 City Budget, “Commitment 2 Community” held a post-valentines’ “Have a Heart, Stop the Cuts” rally at City Hall. Local 79 attended and Part-Time Recreation worker Laura Aversa spoke on the effects of service cuts to Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Watch her presentation at the rally in the video […]

Local 79 highlights continued SAMS administrative burden & flawed Fleet Services contract

On Monday, January 23 — Local 79 presented at the City’s Government Management Committee about our concerns regarding the Social Assistance Management System’s (SAMS) continued administrative burden in the Toronto Employment & Social Services Division. We questioned the wisdom of eliminating 66 temporary positions that were originally brought in to help alleviate that burden. We […]

Local 79 members presented at City’s Budget Subcommittee meetings

We brought Local 79 frontline workers to the Budget Subcommittee meetings at the City’s six civic centres. Four members of Local 79 joined Local 79 President Tim Maguire at these meetings to tell their stories of how proposed budget cuts will hurt the public services we all depend on. Scarborough Civic Centre – Nikeisha Anderson – RPN in […]

Local 79 tells City’s Budget Committee about impacts of cuts in 2017 Budget

On Tuesday, January 10th — Local 79 President Tim Maguire deputed alongside Local 79 member Jennifer Chandran from the Housing Connections program (Shelter, Support, and Housing Administration Division). They told the City’s Budget Committee that cuts to City Divisions are impeding staff’s ability to deliver the level of service that Toronto’s communities need and are harming […]

Local 79 supports new revenue options for City

On Dec. 1st, Local 79 acting Vice-President Jason Desjardins and Local 79 Strategic Communications and Campaigns Consultant Katrina Miller told the City’s Executive Committee that Local 79 supports the City Manager’s recommendation that Council adopt a package of revenue options to support public services.