The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is New Brunswick ’s largest union.
With around 30,000 members across the province, CUPE represents workers in health care, education, municipalities, universities, social services, transportation and nursing homes.
A strong and democratic union, CUPE is committed to improving the quality of life for workers in New Brunswick. Through united action, workers won the right to negotiate their wages and working conditions; to stop arbitrary action by employers; and to speak out without fear of reprisal. Together, we fight social and economic injustices in the workplace and in our communities.
Today, CUPE has 6 regional offices in municipalities across New Brunswick. Nationally, CUPE is Canada’s biggest union, with over 700 000 members.
CUPE NB is led by its members, for its members. It is a democratic organization. The executive of the Division, made up of nearly 20 members elected by members of the Provincial Congress, makes day-to-day decisions.
|Local 963 – N.B. Liquor Corporation||Jamie Agnew
|Local 1190 – General Labour and Trades, Part I||Brent Wiggins
|Local 1251 – Institutional Care and Services
|Local 1252 – N.B. Council of Hospital Unions||Norma Robinson
|Local 1253 – N.B. Council of School District Unions||Iris Lloyd|
|Local 1418 – Rehabilitation and Therapy and RCPO||Steve Drost
1st Vice President
|Local 1840 – Provincial Court Stenographers||Lorraine Urquhart
|Local 1866 – Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission||Tamara Elisseou
|Local 2745 – Educational Support Staff||Theresa McAllister
NB Community College
Collège communautaire du N-B.
|N.B. Council of Nursing Home Unions||Sharon Teare
|N.B. Committee of Municipal Workers||Kevin Smallwood
|N.B. Community Services Unions||Laurie Anderson
|Vice President-at-large||Leah Logan
|Vice President-at-large||Serge Plourde
- Education Committee
- Health and Safety and Environment Committee
- Contracting-out Committee
- Equality Committee
- Pensions and Insured Benefits Committee
- Women’s Committee
- Global Justice Committee
- Political Action Committee
Leadership through membership
Fellow CUPE members are elected to leadership positions within their local. Locals set their own bargaining demands, work with the national representative to negotiate their collective agreement, handle grievances with employers, and decide what issues the members want to support.
|N.B. Liquor Corporation|
|Local 1190||General Labour and Trades, Part I|
|Local 1418||Rehabilitation, Therapy and RCPO (Recreation and Culture Program Officers)|
|Local 1840||Provincial Court Stenographers|
|Local 1866||Workplace Health Safety and Compensation Commission|
|Local 1251||Institutional Care and Services (Correctional and other)|
|Local 1252||New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions (NBCHU)|
|Local 1253||NB Council of School District Unions|
|Local 2745||Educational support staff|
|Local 4598||Red Cross Home Care Workers|
|Local 4848||Paramedics and dispatchers|
|Local 5017||NB Community College|
|Local 5026||Collège communautaire du N.-B.|
|NBCSU||NB Community Service Unions|
|NBCME||NB Committee of Municipal Workers|
|NBCNHU||NB Council of Nursing Home Unions|
Throughout Canada, workers have the right to join a union and choose a union to represent them when dealing with their employer.
In CUPE the members are in charge. Each CUPE local decides its priorities for bargaining, when to settle a new contract, and how to manage funds. Together we maintain and improve wages and benefits, improve health and safety conditions, and make your workplace better.
There are over 700,000 CUPE members in Canada, and that number is growing. Most of our members work in the public service. We have members working in municipalities, education, health care, social services, airlines, communications, and more.
How to Join a Union In New Brunswick
Step 1: Contact CUPE
Call (506-458-8059) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ask to speak with an organizer. He or she is a specialist in labour law and will answer all your questions. All contacts with CUPE are confidential.
Step 2: Sign CUPE Membership Cards
Workers sign cards applying for membership in the union, and authorizing the union to represent them in negotiations with their employer. New Brunswick labour law requires CUPE to collect $1.00 from each worker when they sign a membership card.
Step 3: Card-Check Certification
If between 50 per cent and 60 per cent of workers sign cards, the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board (NBLEB)may certify the union automatically. If more than 60 per cent of the workers sign cards, the NBLEB will certify the union automatically. Go to step 5.
If between 40 per cent and 50 per cent of the workers sign membership cards, the NBLEB will hold a vote to see if workers want a union.
Step 4: Vote for CUPE
The NBLEB holds a secret ballot vote. Anyone who is in the bargaining unit the union applied to represent can vote. If the majority (50%+1) of workers who cast ballots vote to unionize, the union is certified.
Step 5: You now have a Union : time to negotiate!
The union will serve notice to your employer to begin bargaining your first contract. Your employer and CUPE representatives (including workers from your bargaining unit) sit down to negotiate the collective agreement. This agreement – the union contract – sets out the wages, benefits, working conditions, job security and other rights of the workers.
Remember that local certification process is confidential. Employers are not entitled to know who signed cards. Votes are held by secret ballot. Workers are protected by law from punishment by employers for engaging in union activity. This means that every worker in the province has the right to join a union if they choose. Joining a union means having the power to negotiate your terms of work with your employer, and usually means better pay, more benefits, a safer work environment, and fairness and dignity in the workplace. Union jobs are good jobs, and good jobs grow healthy and vibrant communities.