Local 79 recognized by United Way at Thanks A Million Awards breakfast

Local 79 was invited to the 2016 Thanks A Million Awards breakfast, where the City of Toronto and its unions/associations received recognition for helping to raise more than $1 Million in 2016 campaign. Local 79 Treasurer Lily Chang (pictured far right) accepted the award. We’re so proud of our ongoing relationship with the United Way. […]

Last week at the City’s Executive Committee meeting, Local 79 President Tim Maguire was joined by Karen Pascual, a longtime member working at TCHC, to call for a better social housing system for Toronto. Karen and Tim told the Committee that not only do we need to fix the City’s current social housing, but we […]

Local 79 relaunches Good Jobs TO campaign

Local 79 has relaunched its Good Jobs TO campaign to remind Torontonians that over half the city’s workers don’t have stable, secure work — and there are ways to change that. One strategy is to push the City of Toronto, one of the region’s largest employers and buyers of goods and services, to be a leader in good […]

The fight for $15 has been won

After mounting pressure from labour and community groups, the Ontario Liberals finally responded by announcing they’d raise the minimum wage to $15 over the next 18 months. Local 79 has worked alongside groups like Fight for $15 & Fairness, CUPE Ontario, the Toronto and York Region Labour Council and the Ontario Federation of Labour to achieve this significant change, […]

Toronto one step closer to being a leader on good stable jobs

On Monday, May 29th, 2017 — the City took a step forward to improve the general work standards for anyone who works for the City. The Government Management Committee directed staff to develop new standards that provide anyone working for the City either directly or through a contractor with: At least 7 paid sick days a year […]

Shelter, Support & Housing Administration Workplace Issues Form

Local 79 and Shelter, Support & Housing Administration are undertaking joint Labour-Management Committee meetings. Meetings provide a forum for management and the union to discuss and resolve workplace issues not related to health & safety, bargaining or grievances. Do you have workplace issues or concerns you would like to see discussed at Labour-Management? If so, please […]

Provincial Budget Full of Half-Measures

On Thursday, the Provincial Liberal government released its 2017 Budget. While it seems there is good news in the budget, 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 […]