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 […]

Old Fashioned Picnic: Saturday, June 17th

Come out to our signature annual event — Local 79’s Old Fashioned Picnic — fit for the whole family! Our annual picnic features a live band, a free BBQ lunch, lots of prizes, races for kids, a scavenger hunt, a tour of Howard House, a puppet show — and so much more! Registration begins at 9:00 […]

Shelter cuts reversed, bar for basic income set higher, and childcare growth strategy adopted at City Committee

On April 13, 2017 — the Community Development and Recreation Committee took major action on three important issues. Shelter Cuts Reversed Staffing cuts in Shelters, Support and Housing Administration as a result of the budget have been reversed. Local 79’s President Tim Maguire joined other shelter advocates to highligh the importance of the reversal but also […]

The Pride Parade is on Sunday, June 25th!

Join us for one the best celebrations of the year! Come dance through the streets of Toronto on June 25th as we show pride in our diversity. Get your dancing shoes and sunscreen ready, but don’t forget to register. Click here to sign in to the Members’ Portal and claim your spot!