CUPE members in the social services sector provide a range of services and supports to vulnerable and often marginalized people. CUPE members working in the sector do a wide variety of work, such as assisting women and children fleeing domestic violence, working with adults with developmental disabilities, protecting children from harm and neglect, providing employment counselling, administering social assistance, staffing shelters and providing education about HIV/AIDS.
By the numbers:
- Number of members in the sector: 44,097
- Number of social services locals: 275
In total, 35,177 members are part of social services locals with the remainder in larger locals that overlap with several other sectors including municipalities, school boards and health sectors. For example, workers in Ontario who provide social assistance are employed by municipalities.