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CUPE Newfoundland and Labrador proudly represents more than 6,000 working women and men 60 locals. The union represents workers in health care, education, public housing, provincial libraries, municipalities, university, child care, recycling, social services and much more.

As a strong and democratic union, CUPE is committed to improving the quality of life for workers in Newfoundland and Labrador. Women and men working together to form local unions built CUPE. They did so to have a stronger voice – a collective voice – in their workplace and in society as a whole.

Each year, delegates from locals across the province come together for our Division Convention. Delegates elect our executive board and vote on resolutions to democratically set the priorities and direction of the union, guide the work of leaders and staff in the interests of every CUPE NL member.

Every two years, delegates from locals across the county attend our National Convention. Delegates elect our national officers and executive board, and vote on resolutions and policy papers.

CUPE NL is a division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Canada’s largest union. Here is a quick look at CUPE’s membership:

  • 644,000 members across the country
  • More than 60 per cent of our members are women
  • More than 70 per cent of CUPE’s 3,946 collective agreements are with locals of 100 members or less
  • CUPE has more than 2,363 locals and chartered organizations across the country, ranging in size from 20 to 20,000 members
  • CUPE membership’s collective payroll is over $21.8 billion

CUPE is a founding union of the Canadian Labour Congress, the umbrella organization for the Canadian labour movement.  With dozens of affiliated Canadian and International unions, as well as provincial federations of labour and regional labour councils, the CLC represents the interests of more than three million workers in every imaginable occupation from coast to coast to coast.

Globally, CUPE is a proud and active affiliate of Public Service International. As the global federation of public sector unions, PSI represents 650 affiliated trade unions in 148 countries and territories worldwide, uniting more than 20 million public sector workers.