CUPE represents 57,172 members from 126 locals in the post-secondary education (PSE) sector. Our members work in universities, colleges, and student-led organizations.
CUPE members hold a wide variety of positions in the sector. We represent instructors, researchers, teaching assistants and other academic workers. CUPE also represents support workers in areas such as landscaping, libraries, food services, maintenance, caretaking, information technology, and administration.
Around 400,000 people work in universities, colleges, vocational and trade institutions in Canada. Of those 400,000, approximately 45,000 are full-time university faculty members outside of CUPE’s jurisdiction.
CUPE is a major union in universities, representing approximately 25 per cent of all non-faculty employees. CUPE has far fewer members in colleges, with significant memberships in two provinces, BC and Quebec.