While CUPE represents hundreds of thousands of public sector workers, it also represents many in the private and non-profit sectors in NB and PEI. We are a union that represents all types of workers, in many different job classifications and types of employment.

Currently, our unionization efforts are focused on (but not limited to) the following sectors:


CUPE represents early childhood care and educators, assistants, cooks, and cleaners in the sector. Employers are parent-run boards or for-profit employers. CUPE represents many early childhood educators (ECE) delivering childcare programs in other sectors. Sector profile for childcare – PDF



Since its founding in 1963, CUPE has represented security personnel, such as municipal police and correction officers. Today, we also represent hospital security workers, transportation security, dispatchers, and many more.Sector profile for security and emergency – PDF



Academic and support workers in most universities are represented by CUPE. We have over 60,000 members from 126 locals in the post-secondary education (PSE) sector. Our members work in universities, colleges, and student-led organizations. Sector profile for PSE – PDF


Long-term Care and Shannex Workers

CUPE represents care workers, hospital & long-term care employees. CUPE is the largest bargaining agent of health care workers (excluding registered nurses and doctors). We represent 40 percent of unionized staff in the sector. CUPE’s health care members are a diverse group. Around 83 percent are women and a significant number work part-time. Sector profile for healthcare and long-term care – PDF


Social Services and Community Care

CUPE represents workers who provide social services & support for vulnerable people. Our members assist women and children fleeing domestic violence, work with adults with developmental disabilities, protect children from harm and neglect, do employment counseling, administer social assistance, and staff shelters. Sector profile for social services – PDF



CUPE is actively working to organize provincial Cannabis workers in their own Local so they can have proper job security, advancement opportunities, benefits, and good wages.



CUPE represents full and part-time municipal workers and librarians. CUPE’s 185,000 members in the municipal sector take care of water, roads, planning, public health, recreation, and more. They make up 29 percent of CUPE’s membership and are identified primarily as inside or outside workers. Sector profile for municipal work – PDF


Other sectors

Even if your sector is not listed above, there is a good chance we can help you obtain good union representation and protection. Contact us so we can help you.