Sector profile: Municipal

This profile is intended to provide CUPE members with basic information about the sector they work in from a national perspective.

CUPE’s 185,000 members in the municipal sector take care of water, roads, planning, public health, recreation and more. They make up 29 per cent of CUPE’s membership and are identified primarily as inside or outside workers.

The municipal sector also encompasses many sub-sectors, including child care, paramedics, fire, police, animal shelters, utilities, airports, urban transit, care homes and more.

Sector profile: Education

This profile is intended to provide CUPE members with basic information about the sector they work in from a national perspective. 

More than 111,000 CUPE members work as support staff (everyone in the school system except teachers and management) in 284 school board sector locals in elementary and secondary schools. 

Roughly 52 per cent of school board sector workers across Canada are CUPE members. Provincially the ratio ranges from 100 per cent CUPE members in PEI and New Brunswick to about 15 per cent in Quebec.

Sector profile: Energy

This profile is intended to provide CUPE members with basic information about the sector they work in from a national perspective.

CUPE represents 33,202 energy sector workers in electricity generation (hydro-electric, nuclear, wind and fossil fuel utilities and small scale production), distribution and transmission. CUPE has been active in the defence of public ownership of electrical utilities. In Canada, only about 25 per cent of electrical generation is from private utilities.

Sector profile: Child care

This profile is intended to provide CUPE members with basic information about the sector they work in from a national perspective.

CUPE child care workers are in both stand alone and more often multi-sector locals. CUPE represents early childhood care and educators, assistants, cooks, and cleaners in the sector. The locals tend to be small and the wages very low. The employers can be either parent-run boards or for-profit employers.

By the numbers

Mediation talks break down once again – City of London does not want a settlement to end this strike

Mediation talks between the City of London and CUPE 101 representing inside workers broke down again this evening after the City failed, yet again, to move off from their previous positions even though the union put forward a substantive proposal to address all of the outstanding issues that led to the strike.

CUPE concerned about latest development in Home Care

Halifax – CUPE is concerned about the memo “Exploring Home Care Options” from the Continuing Care Branch of the Health and Wellness Department that sends conflicting messages about the province’s plans to privatize Home Care.

CUPE Home Support Coordinator Marianne Welsh says, “While the government appears to be back-tracking on its plans for so-called ‘competitive bidding,’ the idea still hasn’t been rejected outright.”

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