Provincial Budget Full of Half-Measures


On Thursday, the Provincial Liberal government released its 2017 Budget. There is some good news in the budget, but it falls short in many ways. To reduce poverty, the budget raises OW and ODSP rates by 2%. That’s good, but it’s a far cry from the 10% increase that is really needed. Even worse, Budget […]

Local 79 sends delegation to Ontario NDP Convention


For the first time since Local 79 members voted at the May 2015 General Membership Meeting to affiliate with the New Democratic Party, a delegation of 17 Local 79 members participated in the 2017 Ontario NDP Convention. Our delegation watched as the Ontario NDP launched a ‘Vision for Ontario’ that promised new money for health care, education, public transit and social […]

Old Fashioned Picnic: Saturday, June 17th

Old fashioned picnic

Come out to our signature annual event — Local 79’s Old Fashioned Picnic — fit for the whole family! Our annual picnic features a live band, a free BBQ lunch, lots of prizes, races for kids, a scavenger hunt, a tour of Howard House, a puppet show — and so much more! Registration begins at 9:00 […]

Shelter cuts reversed, bar for basic income set higher, and childcare growth strategy adopted at City Committee


On April 13, 2017 — the Community Development and Recreation Committee took major action on three important issues. Shelter Cuts Reversed Staffing cuts in Shelters, Support and Housing Administration as a result of the budget have been reversed. Local 79’s President Tim Maguire joined other shelter advocates to highligh the importance of the reversal but also […]

The Pride Parade is on Sunday, June 25th!

Celebrate Pride With Us

Join us for one the best celebrations of the year! Come dance through the streets of Toronto on June 25th as we show pride in our diversity. Get your dancing shoes and sunscreen ready, but don’t forget to register. Click here to sign in to the Members’ Portal and claim your spot!

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 […]

March 21: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


Labour Council and Urban Alliance on Race Relations are holding a special forum in the Council Chambers at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday March 21st. The shocking events in the United States, Quebec and Ontario remind us of how important it is to build a strong movement to fight racism, Islamophobia and bigotry. Where: Council […]

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 […]