CUPE represents 67,800 members in 237 bargaining units in the post-secondary education (PSE) sector. Our members work in universities, colleges, and student-led organizations.
CUPE PSE members work in a wide variety of positions. We represent academic workers, including instructors, researchers, teaching assistants, and support staff working in grounds and building maintenance, libraries, food services, caretaking, information technology, clerical support and administration.
Around 400,000 people work in universities, colleges, vocational and trade institutions in Canada. Of those, about 45,000 are full-time university faculty members outside CUPE’s jurisdiction.
CUPE is a major union in universities, representing approximately 25 per cent of all non-faculty employees. CUPE has far fewer members in colleges, but has a significant number of college members in BC and Quebec.