Queen’s University Works Because We Do

CUPE 229 workers touch every part of student life at Queen’s University. Our members provide maintenance, cleaning, and food services on campus.

We are all facing tough economic times, and that’s when we need affordable and reliable public services most. CUPE 229 will be there providing these services on the front lines of the university.


About the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

CUPE 229 is a local of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Canada’s largest union with over 700,000 members across the country.

CUPE represents workers in health care, emergency services, education, early learning and child care, municipalities, trades, social services, libraries, utilities, transportation, airlines and more. We have more than 70 offices across the country, in every province.

Who we are

As a strong and democratic union, CUPE is committed to improving the quality of life for workers in Canada. 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.

Health care and municipal workers constitute CUPE’s two largest sectors. CUPE is also the dominant support staff union in the education sector representing junior kindergarten to grade 12.

What we do

CUPE advocates for workers who deliver the public services people depend on. Our members work in hospitals, schools, municipalities and many other public spaces.

We help our members provide the highest level of service by ensuring they are safe and healthy at work, and that they get fair pay and benefits for the services they provide.

We also advocate for better public services, like improvements to public health care and to the Canada Pension Plan, that would improve our communities and the lives of all Canadians.

Our story

We’ve been together for over 50 years.

We do different jobs that require different skills. We are diverse – from all sorts of backgrounds in all corners of the country. But we’re connected by a common purpose. Together we’ve fought for the things that matter most.

Fairness. Equality. Dignity.

There’s still much to be done before we have a truly just society. Empowering young workers, women’s rights, racial equality, dignity for the disabled, as well as justice for First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

We have made Canada a better place for millions of workers and their families. We will keep fighting for a Canada where ALL workers have a decent wage, retirement security, dignity and a safe workplace.

As we move forward, we are undertaking an unprecedented initiative to speak with every rank and file member in order to re-create our movement.

We are 700,000 public service workers. We will back each other up. We will speak with on voice.

We are CUPE.