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 […]

Responding to Ford government safe injection site funding cuts

CUPE Local 79 strongly supports Toronto’s supervised consumption and treatment services and the life saving work that harm reduction workers do every day. Our members in Toronto Public Health keep our city healthy by providing health clinics, nutrition programs, and working to stop infectious diseases. The front-line workers at Toronto Public Health’s supervised consumption and […]

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 […]