CUPE members in the communications sector almost all work for private sector employers who are regulated by the federal government (CRTC). CUPE has approximately 7,300 members in communications, the vast majority of whom (more than 98 per cent) are in Quebec.
Local unions in the communications sector can be divided into three subsectors. The largest, with more than 80 per cent of our members, is made up of cable television, telephone and Internet service providers (Cogeco, Telus, Vidéotron, Duclos and Michaud, Aptum, Bruce Telecom, Vista Radio and Cochrane Telecom Services). Radio, television and print media workers (TVA Group, Global, RNC Media, Cogeco Media, Bell Media, Journal de Québec, CTV and Rogers Broadcasting) account for another 15 per cent of members. The remaining three per cent work in cinematography and postproduction (SETTE, NFB and Technicolor).
The jobs represented by CUPE in this sector include information technology technicians and specialists, call centre associates, office workers, journalists, creative technicians (camera operators, switchers, editors, integrators, sound mixers), directors and advertising representatives.