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History

CUPE was formed in 1963 by merging the National Union of Public Employees and the National Union of Public Service Employees. It has grown to become Canada's largest union, providing a strong voice in support of workers' rights, equality and top quality public services.

Important dates in CUPE's history

May 6, 2003 12:00 PM From collective begging, to wage and price controls, through Reaganomics, CUPE has come a long way. This timeline illustrates important moments on that journey. more »

A history of standing up for jobs and services

Apr 23, 2002 08:47 PM In thousands of workplaces and communities across Canada, public sector workers know what it means to have control over their working lives. They are the 570,000 members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Canada’s biggest and fastest growing union. more »

A Worker’s Guide to doing a Local Union’s History

Apr 30, 2003 12:58 PM Union history is a crucial part of our country’s history. It recounts the struggles of working people and their unions and shows the major role unions played in the building of our country. more »

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