TCHC workers dress in blue to show support for their bargaining committee

Starting on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2018 — Local 79 members who work for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation began dressing in blue on Wednesdays to show support as their Local 79 Bargaining Committee negotiates a contract with their employer. Members are sending in their photos of the action and Local 79 Bargaining Committee members, staff […]

International Women’s Day is March 3

Local 79 will join in the International Women’s Day march and rally on March 3, 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. at OISE Auditorium, 252 Bloor St. W. Look for the CUPE Local 79 flags to join our contingent as we march to Ryerson University. In the meantime, get motivated by Queen Cee’s remake of the “Bread & Roses” poem/song […]

2018 Black History Month celebration!

On Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 — Local 79 celebrated Black History Month to our best-ever attended annual event! Attendees were treated to five fantastic guest speakers: Ken Amoroso, Past CUPE Local 79 Membership Secretary & Chair of Local 79’s Retirees Committee; Don Styles, CUPE National Representative; Aubrey Gonsalves, President of CUPE Local 2316 and Family […]

Lessons from privatization: Toronto should learn the Carillion lesson

Contracting out and privatization is risky, costs more, and reduces the reliability of public services. Last week, the collapse of Carillion in the UK shook policy-makers and public service providers. Carillion is one of the largest privatization companies in the world, responsible for delivering essential public services ranging from highway clearing and maintenance to delivering […]

City divisions forced to use vacancies to meet budget requirements

On January 10th, 2018 — Local 79 Vice President Jason Chan participated in the City’s consultations on the 2018 City Budget, telling the Budget Committee that after many years of budget cuts, frontline city workers are feeling stretched. Chan highlighted the need for more recreation programs and made the case for better investments for services across […]

We’re joining the call to support Tim Hortons workers!

In response to the 2018 minimum wage increase, some Tim Hortons franchises have eliminated workers’ paid breaks and access to benefits. Local 79 activists participated in today’s Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign to show solidarity for Tim Hortons workers. Join the campaign! Sign the petition to tell Tim Hortons to support its workers and to […]

More warming centres on the way, but they need proper staffing

The City’s announcement of opening warming centres will only help if these sites are properly staffed. Existing drop-ins, like the Peter Street Referral Centre, have seen nights with 80 individuals and only two staff when this location is not equipped nor staffed to act as a shelter. The safety of Toronto’s homeless and of shelter […]

Local 79’s 2018-2020 Executive take office

CUPE Local 79’s 2018-2020 Executive have taken office. Click here to learn a bit about each member of the Executive Committee.  Local 79 President Dave Mitchell ran on a plank of “members first” and says he plans to fulfill that promise by increasing Local 79’s responsiveness to members’ requests for support on grievances and WSIB/benefits-related issues. […]

There’s a shelter crisis in Toronto: Mayor Tory needs to call a state of emergency

On Monday November 20th, 2017, the City’s Community Development & Recreation Committee (CDRC) called for the Mayor to declare a state of emergency and immediately open 1000 additional shelter beds after hearing from numerous groups about how the homelessness crisis is overwhelming our shelter system. More than 5000 people use Toronto’s shelter system on any […]

Maguire tells City it’s not doing enough to confront Toronto’s shelter crisis

Toronto’s homeless are under-housed and our shelters are understaffed. More than 5,000 people use Toronto’s shelter system on any given night. Shelters are consistently above the 90% occupancy rate set by Council and shelter use by families has gone up 50% from last year. Toronto is experiencing a homeless crisis. Watch Local 79 President Tim Maguire […]