2626 Academic Workers
CUPE 2626 represents thousands of Teaching Assistants (TAs), Research Assistants (RAs), Tutors, Demonstrators, Markers, Proctors and Lab Monitors at the University of Ottawa. CUPE 2626 is a local section of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, also known as “CUPE National”, the largest union in Canada, with over 680,000 members across the country. CUPE 2626 was formed in 1997 following a unionization drive organized by TAs and RAs in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering to fight against the arbitrary nature of contract allocation and pay rates in different departments. However, due to contentious bargaining items, the first Collective Agreement was only ratified in 2000. Since its formation, the Union has been working for more than 20 years to ensure that all Student Workers receive equitable treatment, working conditions, salaries, and contract allocation across campus.
As of February 26, 2008, all employees of the University of Ottawa hired as Lifeguards, Head Guards and Swim Instructors, with the exception of supervisors and employees above the rank of supervisors, are members of CUPE and are part of the bargaining unit. These members form unit 1 of Local 2626, identified as 2626-1. Since then, three Collective Agreements have been negotiated. The current Collective Agreement ended in 2023.
2626-3 Residence Life Workers
As of January 2, 2019, all employees of the University of Ottawa Housing Services hired as Community Advisors, Team Leads, Mentors, Mentor Team Leads and Peer Supports, with the exception of coordinators and employees above the rank of coordinators, are members of CUPE and are part of the bargaining unit. These members form unit 3 of Local 2626, identified as 2626-3. Since then, a Collective Agreement has been negotiated. This current Collective Agreement ended in 2023.