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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 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 […]
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!