About us

About us

The Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 233 (CUPE 233), proudly represents all custodians, groundskeepers, carpenters, electricians/fire alarm technicians, refrigeration mechanics/gas-fitters, maintenance “B” mechanics, painters, plumbers/gas-fitters, steam-fitters, hvac systems/control mechanics, general maintenance workers, and student helpers.

The local was organized over 50 years ago making it the oldest union on campus. It currently unites 106 members and continues to grow.





We are always looking for volunteers to join and help build our committees. If you’re interested in joining or starting a committee, please contact your committee chairperson or a member from the executive board.

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Equality statement

Union solidarity is based on the principle that union members are equal and deserve mutual respect at all levels. Any behaviour that creates conflict prevents us from working together to strengthen our union.

As unionists, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We should neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Discriminatory speech or conduct which is racist, sexist, transphobic or homophobic hurts and thereby divides us. So too, does discrimination on the basis of ability, age, class, religion, language and ethnic origin.

Sometimes discrimination takes the form of harassment. Harassment means using real or perceived power to abuse, devalue or humiliate. Harassment should not be treated as a joke. The uneasiness and resentment that it creates are not feelings that help us grow as a union.

Discrimination and harassment focus on characteristics that make us different; and they reduce our capacity to work together on shared concerns such as decent wages, safe working conditions, and justice in the workplace, society and in our union.

CUPE’s policies and practices must reflect our commitment to equality. Members, staff and elected officers must be mindful that all persons deserve dignity, equality and respect.