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Cleaners Confront City Hall

Dealing with Hepatitis, scabies, urine, HIV and blood are part of the job (Toronto) – Police Station Heavy Duty Cleaners made an impassioned and very personal appeal today at the Government Management Committee to save the services they provide. “We have difficult and dirty jobs. We clean cells at police stations, and ...

Mayor Ford Needs to Recant Misleading Statement

 "Public has a Right to Know the Truth" TORONTO, ONTARIO--- CUPE 79 President, Ann Dembinski, calls on Mayor Ford to recant his statement that labour costs make up 80% of City budget."The public has a right to know the truth. Mr. Ford needs to correct the record immediately," stated Dembinski, whose ...

Rob Ford's Toronto Doesn't Include Child Care and Long Term Care

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 14, 2011) - The latest Report by the City's outside 'consultants' wants Councillors to consider transferring 57 City-operated child care centres to private operators and selling off 9 of the 10 City-run Long Term Care Homes to private sector operators. The Report even suggests that the ...

Penny Wise, Pound Foolish

City Union Rejects Buy-Out - Would Lead to Service Cuts TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 13, 2011) - During the election campaign Rob Ford declared time and again that he would not reduce or cut services -- but his latest scheme, the Voluntary Separation Program, means that for every buy-out there will ...

Services Cut, Taxpayers Ignored

City Releases Public Works and Infrastructure Core Service Review TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 12, 2011) - "So much for Rob Ford's campaign promises to not cut services in our City," says CUPE Local 79 President, Ann Dembinski, in reaction to today's release of the KPMG Core Services Review. "The very first ...

City Workers Flock to Centre Island for Annual CUPE Picnic

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 13, 2010) - Thousands of City of Toronto inside workers and their families will take the ferry to Centre Island on July 14 and 15 for their union's annual picnic. Activities including games, races, tug-of-war and rides for children, get underway at 10:30 a.m. both days, said ...

CUPE Local 79, Second Harvest Launch Special Food Drive

"City workers see hunger every day" TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 28, 2010) - CUPE Local 79 has joined forces with Second Harvest to launch a special week-long food drive that asks the union's 18,000 members to help reach the charity's goal of delivering a record six million pounds of food this ...