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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 Stewards Assembly to organize against Province’s cuts

With the Ford government’s relentless attack on the province’s public services, the Toronto & York Region Labour Council held a Stewards Assembly last month to organize against those attacks. A large contingent of CUPE Local 79 Stewards (pictured above) attended. One of our Stewards, Patricia Gamarra, was featured in a video that screened at the Stewards Assembly. She […]

Local 79 celebrates Black history month

Thank you to everyone who was able to celebrate Black History Month with us at the end of February. We were joined by prominent journalist Desmond Cole, who drew parallels with his family’s history and personal experiences in Toronto with the ongoing challenges that Black Canadians face. NBA legend Jamaal Magloire also joined us and […]

Local 79 pushes back against Auditor General’s Report on child care

On April 26th, 2018 – the City’s Auditor General released a report titled Children’s Services Division Opportunities to Achieve Greater Value from Public Funds. The report contained some good recommendations on how the City could find savings in the administration of the child care system through better use of existing spaces, managing waitlists and ensuring […]

Local 79 echoes alarm over City’s Long-Term Financial Plan

On March 19, 2018 — Toronto city manager Peter Wallace released his report on the City’s longterm financial plan. The report made a shocking revelation: that Toronto will face a deficit of $1.42 billion in 5 years if it continues on its current financial trajectory. The City’s unsustainable practice of dipping into reserve funds, relying […]

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.