CUPE is the largest labour union in B.C. and in Canada. CUPE represents workers in the education sector (Colleges, Universities, and K-12), municipalities, libraries, social services, health care, public utilities, transportation, emergency services, childcare, and airlines and over 680,000 members across Canada.
A strong and democratic union, CUPE is committed to improving the quality of life for workers in Canada. Women and men working together to form local unions built CUPE. They did so to have a stronger voice – a collective voice – in their workplace and in society as a whole.
Together we have won the right to negotiate our wages and working conditions; to stop arbitrary action by employers, and to speak out without fear of reprisal.
CUPE members are service-providers, white-collar workers, technicians, labourers, skilled tradespeople and professionals. More than half of CUPE members are women. About one-third are part-time workers.