Dear Local 79 Sisters and Brothers:
Local 79 has launched a campaign to fight the ‘Protecting Public Services Act, 2012’. This pending Act by the McGuinty Liberals would impose wage freezes and cuts to benefits to workers who provide provincially-funded services, like Long-Term Care, Public Health and Bridgepoint Hospital. The negative impact of this legislation could affect every member of Local 79. This Act attacks your right to collectively bargain and gives the Province the ability to impose contracts, and to over-ride interest arbitration awards.
It’s time to speak out. Go to Local 79’s website (www.cupelocal79.org) to the Members’ Zone. From the Members’ Portal you will be able to send a strong message about the ‘Protecting Public Services Act’ to Liberal Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) in Toronto and the GTA, and Premier McGuinty. If you aren’t in a Liberal riding you can still send a message to Premier McGuinty.
Local 79 has launched a new television ad campaign aimed at increasing awareness of and support for our members and the services you deliver. The ad, which shows Local 79 members providing services, began airing on Toronto stations on October 1st and will run until November 18th. At a time when the delivery of many of these services is being reviewed by this City administration, it is important to focus residents’ attention on the things that Torontonians are at risk of losing.
Local 79 is a major sponsor of the Cause, the Toronto Youth Cabinet’s (TYC) annual celebration of youth voice and action. On October 13th, the TYC will host an afternoon/evening at Harbourfront filled with interactive art based workshops, short film screenings, youth development workshops, and live entertainment! The theme of this year’s event, “My City”, highlights the role of the Youth Worker in My City. I appreciate the invitation to speak with so many young people who are committed to making our City a livable one. It will also be a great opportunity for me to highlight young workers who are members of Local 79, and the City services and social supports they deliver.
Local 79 members at Bridgepoint Hospital are in the process of being mapped into their new positions for the scheduled opening of April 14, 2013. We will be able to provide you with an update on the Arbitration Award for the Nurses and Paramedical Unit in the near future.
Preparations are underway for bargaining at TCHC. Local 79 will keep our members fully apprised of progress and any developments.
October 24, 2012 is Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day. This year will mark the 12th anniversary of this awareness day which recognizes the education, skills, commitment and dedication of Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Staff. Local 79 would like to acknowledge and applaud the commitment and contributions that all our members, who are child care workers and early childhood educators, make to the children in Toronto, their families and their communities. Congratulations – you do such an important job, so well! Local 79 is honouring these members at a celebration on Sunday October 28th from 2 – 4 p.m. at Steelworkers’ Hall, 25 Cecil Street. (Please see our website for additional information.)
Local 79’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament, held on September 19th, was a huge success! The weather cooperated and by all accounts participants enjoyed a great day of golf and fun. It was great to see so many Local 79 members displaying their golfing talents! Close to $2,000 was raised for United Way, and approximately $10,000 was contributed through sponsorships to our new “Local 79 in Toronto Communities Fund”, which was launched at the tournament.
Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Alex Gregory Memorial Scholarships. This year’s recipients are: Cindy Kurt, daughter of Cecilia Barco-Kurt – Long Term Care Homes and Services; Patrick Martin Hyo-Rim Kim, son of Joo-Ran Im –Toronto Employment and Social Services; Polina Elizabeth Zak, daughter of Ian Zak – Bridgepoint Hospital; Erika Carol, daughter of Michael Carolan – Municipal Licensing and Standards; Chelsea Alexandra Lightbourne, daughter of Lorraine Lightbourne – City Planning. Winners of the scholarship receive $500 towards their post-secondary education. Best wishes to all in your post-secondary studies!
Local 79 invites you to a Fall Dance on Friday November 16th at the Lithuanian Community House, 1573 Bloor St. West (Dundas and Bloor, Dundas Subway Station), from 6:00 p.m. until midnight. Dinner will be provided, and there will be a reasonably priced cash bar, a band, DJ, spot dances, and prizes. Come and meet other Local 79 members, and have a great time dancing to excellent music. As Local 79 will donate a portion of funds raised at this event to a local charity, members are asked to contribute a minimum of $5 per person for a worthy cause. You can reserve up to two tickets (no children) by calling 416-977-1629 extension 508 (8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). Please call before November 10th as the space is limited.
President, CUPE Local 79