CUPE 2380 is a composite union of municipal public servants serving 5 municipalities (we call them sub-locals). We are made up of Unionized staff from the Townships of Innisfil, Oro-Medonte, Penetanguishene, Ramara, the City of Barrie and the Barrie Public Library. Much of the local communities of Simcoe County function because of the Union workers in CUPE 2380.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees was created in 1963. Before 1963, there were two major organizations representing public employees – the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) and the National Union of Public Service Employees (NUPSE). Also, there were unaffiliated groups of public employees scattered throughout Canada.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees came into existence in Winnipeg in September 1963 when delegates to the conventions of NUPSE and NUPE decided, in separate meetings, to dissolve their respective unions and merge into one large union for public sector employees.
CUPE is a members’ organization. Only CUPE members sit on the National Executive Board, which runs the union between its national conventions that occur every two years. Only members serve as the elected officers of CUPE. CUPE employs a large staff of servicing representatives, both in the field and at the national office to support the activities of local unions by providing information, advice, assistance and training to local unions. At all times staff are responsible to the members they serve.
The members are CUPE. They are the union. CUPE was built by workers who, in group after group, got together to form local unions. They did so to have a stronger collective voice in their workplaces and in society as a whole. They wanted to work together to determine their wages and working conditions; to eliminate arbitrary action by employers; and to speak out without fear of reprisal. It wasn’t easy. In local after local, they fought against the power of the employer.
But in the end they won. And now CUPE members enjoy the freedom to bargain collectively. They have a method of resolving grievances and a way to gain fair treatment at work.