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.
The work that CUPE members do in the municipal sector touches the lives of most Canadians everyday from garbage collection to police dispatchers; CUPE members are providing quality public services on the front lines of communities across Canada.
The sector has 665 locals across Canada and 1,116 collective agreements. In those 1,116 collective agreements there are more than 23,000 job classifications.
About one-third of the local government workforce is employed in casual, part-time or auxiliary positions. Of the other two-thirds, about 20 per cent work in seasonal positions averaging nine months of the year. Women aged 25-54 working in part-time, auxiliary or casual positions are the fastest growing demographic in the sector.