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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.

Local 79 advocates for youth employment opportunities in Toronto

Today the City released its report of the Youth Employment Action Plan Advisory Committee.  Local 79 is deeply committed to advocating for good stable jobs, especially for our young workers who are trying to build a life. We were disappointed that despite our willingness to participate on the Advisory Committee, Local 79 was not consulted […]

Local 79 deputes at 2nd Quarter Operating Budget Variance Report

Local 79 President Tim Maguire and members Fred Shilson (Long-Term Care cleaner) & Laura Versa (Parks, Forestry and Recreation worker) — were at City Hall on September 22 to speak to the City’s Second Quarter Operating Budget Variance Report. They told the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee that the Report shows budget cuts have led to increased gapping and vacancies in their Divisions, and detailed how understaffing puts the health of […]

Labour Day 2016

On September 5th, Local 79 members came out in force to march through the streets of Toronto in a show of labour solidarity! It was a beautiful day to come together and then have some fun on the last day of the CNE. See the images below!

2016 Lifeguard Competition

On July 29th, Local 79 was proud to sponsor Toronto’s annual lifeguard competition. City of Toronto lifeguards put their in-depth training to the test while building solidarity and camaraderie. It’s also a great venue for lifeguards to further improve their skills. Take a look at the fantastic photos from the event, generously provided by the City of Toronto. […]