CUPE represents over 38,000 energy sector workers in electricity generation, distribution and transmission in hydro-electric, nuclear, wind and fossil fuel utilities as well as small-scale production.
While CUPE actively defends and promotes the public ownership of electrical utilities, about 30 per cent of electrical generation and transmission is by private or publicly traded utilities companies. As such, CUPE locals represent workers in both the public and private sectors.
The number of workers CUPE collective agreements cover:
- 780 in Alberta
- 15, 900 in Ontario
- 1,230 in Manitoba
- 19,800 in Quebec,
- and several hundred in Federal crown companies.
Our members are employed as trades and maintenance workers, customer service representatives, accountants, administration assistants, billing and records agents, communications staff, drafters, programmer analysts, technologists, power line workers, technicians, clerks, skilled trades workers, atomic energy workers and call centre workers.
The electricity sector in Canada directly employs about 81,000 and indirectly employs another 40,000 workers.
In the public sector, CUPE represents energy workers at all three levels of government. At the municipal level CUPE represents workers at local distribution companies (EPCOR in Edmonton, ENMAX in Calgary and a dozen local distribution companies (LDCs) across Ontario, such as Toronto Hydro and Greater Sudbury Hydro). Provincially, CUPE has workers at both provincial crown utilities (including Manitoba Hydro, Hydro-Québec and Ontario Power Generation) and provincial safety and regulatory authorities.
Finally, at the federal level, CUPE represents workers in production and research as well as those at regulatory Crown corporations (Atomic Energy of Canada Limited).
In the private sector, CUPE has members in Hydro One, TransAlta, Bruce Power, Enwave, Northwind Solutions and many other smaller generation companies.