Join us on March 11th for International Women’s Day 2017

Join Local 79 as we attend the International Women’s Day rally and march (please note new location!) When: Saturday, March 11th, 2017  (Indoor rally begins at 11:00 a.m./March begins at 1:00 p.m.) Where: Medical Sciences Building Auditorium, 1 Kings College Circle (University of Toronto) This year’s theme is “Stop the Hate! Unite the fight! Build the Resistance!” […]

Local 79 helps draw attention to City Budget that lacks a heart

Just before Council began its final deliberations on the 2017 City Budget, “Commitment 2 Community” held a post-valentines’ “Have a Heart, Stop the Cuts” rally at City Hall. Local 79 attended and Part-Time Recreation worker Laura Aversa spoke on the effects of service cuts to Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Watch her presentation at the rally in the video […]

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 […]