Working together in unions, working people have made life better for everyone with better wages, better working conditions, and better laws that make our society fairer. From the first craft unions formed during the Industrial Revolution, through the Great Depression and the growth period following the Second World War, unions were built by workers coming together to talk and act collectively in their common interests.

From our founding in 1963, CUPE members have led the way in championing workers’ rights to organize and bargain in the public sector. To this day, we work to ensure that workers’ rights are respected, public services are strengthened and that our economy is fair and includes everyone.

We know we are stronger in accomplishing our goals when we talk with one another. In the current age of austerity, our solidarity is more important than ever. That makes talking together a vital part of what a union does.

Dialogue is the key to participation and inclusion. To start, make sure your local union has your contact information so that you can receive important updates and information about your local union. And check in at cupe.ca to get the latest from CUPE members from coast to coast to coast.  

Unions across the country are renewing and revitalizing their membership. Called Together Fairness Works, the Canadian Labour Congress is providing resources for all affiliates to connect with members about our shared values and the central role of unions in our society.

CUPE belongs to its members. Our strength depends on the participation of people like you. Together, we are stronger.