Join us at the Toronto Zoo on July 26!

Join us for our first adventure to the Toronto Zoo! See the pandas before they leave. See all the great work that the members of CUPE Local 1600 do in taking care of the animals. Hop onto the Members’ Portal for all the details and to register now. Where: Metro Toronto Zoo 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto When: Wednesday, […]

Toronto Community Housing Workers Support Strike Mandate

TORONTO, ONTARIO — Workers at the Toronto Community Housing Corporation represented by CUPE Local 79 have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike mandate. Local 79 has been negotiating a new contract with TCHC since October. “We are bargaining for good, stable jobs that support delivering great services to TCHC tenants,” said Tim Maguire, president of Local […]

Local 79 takes Toronto Public Health to task over elimination of Flex-Time

On Tuesday, Local 79 visited the offices of Toronto Public Health to push the Division to find a resolution on flex-time. A year ago, Toronto Public Health (TPH) cancelled the Compressed Workweek program that helped workers in TPH balance work-life with home-life. Local 79 pressed TPH into considering an alternative flex-time program and last fall we met […]

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 […]