“Our members are front-line community workers in a city that’s already struggling under a social infrastructure deficit. We are worried that the social impacts of a casino could overwhelm Toronto’s already strained social support system.”
—Maguire, who heads the union that about 20,000 of the City’s indoor employees belong to, issued a press release this morning in which he’s quoted as saying the above. Many of CUPE Local 79’s workers are involved in different aspects of social services (including public health and childcare), so it’s not far-fetched that some of them would have strong opinions on this issue. The press release says the union polled its members and found that 67 per cent of those who responded opposed a casino. Local 79 says it will be supporting No Casino Toronto.