Why join CUPE?

CUPE will fight to protect your rights as a worker, for fairness in your workplace and ensure respect from your employer. Being a CUPE member means you have the materials, information, programs, and the staff expertise needed to meet the employer on equal terms, and negotiate better working conditions.

What will CUPE do for me?

Each member has the assistance of a CUPE national representative. Representatives provide assistance with collective bargaining, grievances, health and safety, arbitrations, and other work-related issues.

Our staff also includes specialists who provide members with expertise in labour law, research, education, communications, job evaluation, discrimination and equality, health and safety, and technology. Our strength

In CUPE the members are in charge. In each CUPE local, the members democratically decides their priorities for bargaining, when to settle a new contract, and how to manage funds.

CUPE’s strength comes from individual members working toward common goals. Together we maintain and improve wages and benefits, improve health and safety conditions, and make your workplace better. Sectors CUPE members work in many sectors of the economy:

CUPE has over 630,000 members across Canada in the public and private sectors.

Our sectors include:

What is a Collective Agreement?

A collective agreement is a contract negotiated between union members and their employer. It outlines your wages and working conditions. It is signed by your employer and voted on by your CUPE local membership.

CUPE members decide what to propose to the employer. Your collective agreement can include provisions on wages, benefits, vacation and holidays, hours of work, protection from discrimination and harassment, overtime premiums, job protection, layoffs, and the right to union representation.

Members just like you

We represent all kinds of workers: full time, part time, temporary, casual. Whether you’re just starting a new job, or you have decades of experience, CUPE offers services that help you get ahead.

CUPE strives to reflect the diverse communities we work in. A diverse membership representing people of different racial backgrounds, Aboriginal people, women, LGBTTI people, and people with disabilities is essential to keeping our union strong.


Dues are funds that cover the cost of daily operations like an office, a website, a local newsletter, and other expenses. They can also cover the cost of members receiving union education and training, or attending conventions.

While CUPE locals set their own dues rate, locals must collect a minimum of .85 per cent of base wages in dues. Anything above this rate is decided by CUPE members at the local. The local must vote to decide how much their local will collect above the minimum, and how their local will spend the funds. Any amount above the minimum remains with your local union.

The minimum dues amount is sent to CUPE National, and used primarily to hire staff who support locals in bargaining and enforcing collective agreements. These funds ensure all CUPE members have the resources they need to improve their working conditions and wages.

Union dues are one hundred per cent tax deductible.