CUPE’s 22,300 library workers provide front-line services to Canadians across the country. Approximately 12,200 of CUPE’s library workers are in 116 stand-alone public library locals, while the rest belong to locals with municipal, university, college and school board members.
The primary job classifications are librarian, library clerk, library archive technician, and page. The vast majority of library workers are women (85 per cent), while racialized workers account for about 12 per cent of CUPE library members.
Many library workers are in part-time or casual positions. CUPE represents 80 per cent of all unionized library workers in Canada. The majority are in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia, with members in most other provinces.