Ontario 2017 Budget, Pre-Budget Consultations

Dear Minister Sousa: RE: Ontario 2017 Budget, Pre-Budget Consultations It is my pleasure to submit comments to the Minister of Finance’s pre-budget consultations on behalf of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79. This submission is intended to complement the verbal remarks I gave at the November 21, 2016 consultation. Local 79 represents […]

Consultation on Early Years and Child Care Strategy (EYCC)

Dear Indira Naidoo-Harris, RE: Consultation on Early Years and Child Care Strategy (EYCC) I am writing on behalf of CUPE Local 79, the largest municipal union in Canada representing over 20,000 City of Toronto employees. Local 79 members provide Early Learning & Child Care Services at publicly operated child care centres across the City of […]

Local 79 responds to the Province’s pilot project on Basic Income

In March 2016, the Provincial government announced its intention to run a pilot project on Basic Income. There are many models of basic income, but the idea is to replace programs such as Ontario Works (OW) and the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) with a fixed benefit. Local 79 has serious concerns about basic income […]

Parks, Forestry & Recreation Workplace Issues Form

Local 79 and the City’s PF&R Division are undertaking joint Labour/Management Committee meetings. These meetings provide a forum for management and the union to discuss and resolve workplace issues that aren’t related to health & safety, bargaining or grievances. Do you have workplace concerns or issues that you would like to see raised at the […]

“Play-In” outside Mayor’s Office over cuts to child care and recreation

On Tuesday, February 7th — around 30 children (and their guardians) descended on City Hall to participate in a “Play-In” to protest Mayor John Tory’s cuts to child care and recreation in the proposed City budget. The event was co-hosted by the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, Toronto Women’s City Alliance, Social Planning Toronto […]

Local 79 highlights continued SAMS administrative burden & flawed Fleet Services contract

On Monday, January 23 — Local 79 presented at the City’s Government Management Committee about our concerns regarding the Social Assistance Management System’s (SAMS) continued administrative burden in the Toronto Employment & Social Services Division. We questioned the wisdom of eliminating 66 temporary positions that were originally brought in to help alleviate that burden. We […]

The Basics On Basic Income

What is Basic Income? The Basic Income program that the Province plans to pilot would replace OW and ODSP payments to guarantee low-income people in the pilot areas with a basic annual income of about $17,000 to $34,000 depending on their household size. So far, the Province has suggested that additional supports and benefits received […]

Mayor Tory’s push to privatize waste collection is just the start

Local 79 President Tim Maguire expressed frustration today at the Public Works & Infrastructure Committee over the proposal to further contract out waste collection in Toronto. Tim cited both a 2015 Ernst & Young and City staff report that showed Toronto will not save money by pursuing further contracting out of solid waste collection; residents will be […]

Local 79 stands in solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington

In the spirit of saying no to hate and yes to justice, equity and social change — people from around the world mobilized on the day after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. On Saturday, January 21, we marched in one of the largest global demonstrations ever, uniting our communities in Toronto to speak out against acts of hate. Not […]