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 […]

Local 79 members presented at City’s Budget Subcommittee meetings

We brought Local 79 frontline workers to the Budget Subcommittee meetings at the City’s six civic centres. Four members of Local 79 joined Local 79 President Tim Maguire at these meetings to tell their stories of how proposed budget cuts will hurt the public services we all depend on. Scarborough Civic Centre – Nikeisha Anderson – RPN in […]

Local 79 joins coalition to highlight City Budget’s gender inequity

This year Local 79 joined allies in promoting City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam’s push to examine the impacts of the City Budget under a gender equity lens. We joined a communications strategy that used social media to comment on how the City’s budget cuts affect women and families, using the hashtag #GenderEquityTO. On January 10th, our very own Local 79 […]

Local 79 tells City’s Budget Committee about impacts of cuts in 2017 Budget

On Tuesday, January 10th — Local 79 President Tim Maguire deputed alongside Local 79 member Jennifer Chandran from the Housing Connections program (Shelter, Support, and Housing Administration Division). They told the City’s Budget Committee that cuts to City Divisions are impeding staff’s ability to deliver the level of service that Toronto’s communities need and are harming […]

The Gardiner Tsunami

The TorontoCanDoBetter.ca coalition has put together a great little report about how the City’s focus on repairing the Gardiner (instead of choosing the at-grade boulevard option for rehabilitating the eastern portion of the Gardiner), is drowning the City’s ability to properly maintain and invest in the rest of Toronto. Take a look at this short […]

Local 79 joins allies to launch TorontoCanDoBetter.ca campaign

Toronto’s public services help build better lives, but they are under threat. We are joining other workers and community allies to fight against cuts to services and the elimination of hundreds of frontline staff. We need a long-term solution that supports our services. Join our Toronto Can Do Better Campaign now by sending an email […]

Local 79 supports new revenue options for City

On Dec. 1st, Local 79 acting Vice-President Jason Desjardins and Local 79 Strategic Communications and Campaigns Consultant Katrina Miller told the City’s Executive Committee that Local 79 supports the City Manager’s recommendation that Council adopt a package of revenue options to support public services.