CUPE represents 33,700 energy sector workers in electricity generation (hydro-electric, nuclear, wind and fossil fuel utilities and small scale production), distribution and transmission. CUPE has been active in the defence of public ownership of electrical utilities. In Canada, only about 25 per cent of electrical generation is from private utilities.
CUPE represents members in both public and private sector workplaces. Our members are inside, outside and professional workers in Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba, and Quebec. We represent some workers at the federal level, 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, call centre staff and 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 the Ontario provincial safety authority (Ontario Electrical Safety Authority). 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 TransAlta, Bruce Power, Enwave and Northwind Solutions.