The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is the largest labor union in Canada. Founded in 1963, CUPE now boasts over 650,000 members across the country, located in every province and represents workers in every field of public employment from emergency services to education. CUPE BC alone represents over 85,000 workers in over 100 locals!
Some fun facts from CUPE National’s website:
- More than 60 per cent of our members are women
- More than 70 per cent of CUPE’s 3,946 collective agreements are with locals of 100 members or less
- CUPE has more than 2,363 locals and chartered organizations across the country, ranging in size from 20 to 20,000 members
- CUPE membership’s collective payroll is over $21.8 billion