Who are we organizing?

Currently many municipalities employ fitness professionals and cultural workers who are not included in the Collective Agreement. These workers include those who teach classes to members of the public within community centres, recreation centres, and city-run museums.

Who is CUPE?

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union, with 700,000 members across the country and growing. CUPE represents workers in health care, emergency services, education, early learning and childcare, municipalities, social services, libraries, utilities, transportation, airlines and more. We have more than 70 offices across the country, in every province.


In every province, workers have the right to join a union and choose a union to represent them when dealing with their employer. In choosing CUPE, workers join a union where the members are in charge: each CUPE local decides its priorities for bargaining, when to settle a new contract, and how to manage funds. CUPE’s strength comes from individual members working toward common goals. Together we maintain and improve wages and benefits, improve health and safety conditions, and make your workplace better.

Who is already organized?

Several municipalities across B.C. include recreation and cultural workers in collective agreements with CUPE. Our most recent organizing successes have been with the City of Surrey fitness professionals and Township of Langley recreation and cultural workers.