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 purse drive in full swing!

Our members have stepped up in a big way to our purse and toiletry donation challenge! All donations collected will be delivered to clients at the City’s shelters. Local 79 workplaces across Toronto are competing to collect the most donations. The winners are promised a surprise at the end of April. A shout out to […]

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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 joins calls for City to declare state of emergency over homelessness

With several City of Toronto shelters operating at over-capacity, the President of CUPE Local 79, Dave Mitchell, is supporting housing advocates’ call for the City of Toronto to declare a state of emergency over homelessness. Despite more resources being promised to the City’s shelter system, capacity isn’t being increased fast enough to meed demand. “Shelter […]

Local 79 Holiday Party at the Sheraton

On December 14, 2018 — Local 79′ held its 2019 Holiday Party at the Sheraton Hotel’s Dominion Ballroom. Thanks to our fantastic Master of Ceremony Andrew Cox, and to Soul Food and DJ Kester for the music! Thank you to Snapdragon Studios for the great photos. Click here to view our holiday party photo album! […]

Celebrating the work of our Human Rights Committee!

CUPE Local 79’s Human Rights Committee has had a busy December, and we’d like to acknowledge their great work. At a recent Human Rights Committee meeting, members opted to donate their meeting honorariums to the Daily Bread Foodbank, raising $200. The Committee also ran a winter clothing drive this December, and were completely overwhelmed by […]


Local 79 attended the Toronto Public Service Employee Campaign for United Way Greater Toronto kickoff in Nathan Philips Square today. We were represented by Full-Time Unit Officer Lily Chang, who helped unveil this year’s fundraising goal of $1,550,000! With the high levels of inequality and poverty in Toronto, we understand the importance of continuing our […]

Labour Day 2018

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at the 2018 Labour Day parade. Despite not attending the CNE, due to our decision to stand in solidarity with IATSE Local 58 members who had been locked out by Exhibition Place, we had a great time at the Lamport Stadium afterparty — replete with […]