CUPE’s 143,200 members in the municipal sector work in water, roads, planning, public health, child care and more. They make up nearly a quarter of CUPE’s membership and are identified primarily as inside or outside workers. CUPE municipal members do work that touches the lives of most Canadians every day – from garbage collection to snow removal to water treatment.
CUPE has 1,100 municipal bargaining units across Canada, covering more than 20,000 job classifications. About one-third of local government staff work in casual, part-time or auxiliary jobs. Of the other two-thirds, about 20 per cent, work in seasonal positions averaging nine months of the year. Women aged 25-54 working in part-time, auxiliary or casual positions are the fastest-growing group in the sector.