CUPE represents health care workers in every province, with the largest numbers in Ontario, British Columbia (through the Hospital Employees’ Union), Quebec and Saskatchewan.
By the numbers:
- Sector total: 153,361 members
- Locals: 470
- Hospitals: 79,244 members
- Residential/Long Term Care: 56,612 members
- Home Care: over 6,000 members
- Community Health: 3,771 members
- Canadian Blood Services: 500 members
CUPE’s health care members are a diverse group. Around 83 per cent are women and a significant number work part-time. More than 20 per cent of nurses’ aides, laboratory technicians, and home support workers are immigrants to Canada. Racialized workers are strongly represented in housekeeping, home care and related occupations. Of low-income health care members, women make up the large majority, and racialized workers are strongly represented in long term care.
CUPE is the largest bargaining agent of health care workers, excluding registered nurses and doctors, representing approximately 40 per cent of unionized staff.