CUPE 2626 is the union that represents most students who work at uOttawa – literally thousands of Teaching or Research Assistants, Markers, Tutors, Lab Monitors, Demonstrators, Proctors, Lifeguards, Head Guards, Swim Instructors, Community Advisors, Team Leads, Mentors, Mentor Team Leads and Peer Supports. Unions are associations of workers that promote social justice. They work primarily to ameliorate the quality of life and job conditions of their members. Successes achieved by one union can impact working conditions in all sectors of the economy. Union officers understand that people must work together to solve problems, and unions are a mechanism for doing so.

To be unionized means that CUPE 2626 works to ensure you, as an employee, are treated fairly and provided a safe and healthy working environment. CUPE 2626 negotiates with uOttawa to produce a document called Collective Agreement. Our Collective Agreement is an integral part of our member’s individual employment contracts. It outlines – among other things – the rights, benefits and work conditions of student workers at uOttawa.