Labour Unions Groups

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The following is an alphabetical list of links to Canada's major national unions and federations of labour, as well as some important national and international union federations, and coalitions in which Canadian unions participate.

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"Our work is anchored in making sure everyone who works for a living has family-supporting wages and benefits and the ability to retire with dignity. We advance legislation to create good jobs by investing tax dollars in schools, roads, bridges, ports and airports, and improving the lives of workers through education, job training and a livable minimum wage. We advocate for strengthening Social Security and private pensions, ensuring fair tax policies, and making high-quality, affordable health care available to all." - AFL-CIO (US)

Air Canada Pilots Association (ACPA)

"ACPA strives to be a leader in advancing our profession and aviation safety. We aim to serve and support our member pilots’ professional interests in all that we do, with all stakeholders. We advocate by the targeted and effective dissemination of our views to a wide range of stakeholders. We represent our members on individual issues with the employer, as well as collectively through the bargaining process to ensure better working conditions and career prospects for our highly trained and specialized professional members. We engage our members on an ongoing basis, through their interactions with their elected representatives, via surveys and through member communications, to continuously update and adjust our direction." - ACPA 

Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA)

"The mission of the Air Line Pilots Association is to promote and champion all aspects of aviation safety throughout all segments of the aviation community; to represent, in both specific and general respects, the collective interests of all pilots in commercial aviation; to assist in collective bargaining activities on behalf of all pilots represented by the Association; to promote the health and welfare of the members of the Association before all governmental agencies; to be a strong, forceful advocate of the airline piloting profession, through all forms of media, and with the public at large; and to be the ultimate guardian and defender of the rights and privileges of the professional pilots who are members of the Association." - ALPA

Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL)

"The Alberta Federation of Labour is a voluntary association of unions and employee organizations that have banded together to achieve common goals." - AFL

Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA)

"The Alberta Teachers' Association, as the professional organization of teachers, promotes and advances public education, safeguards standards of professional practice and serves as the advocate for its members." - ATA

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE)

Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Canada

"Established in 2015, ATU Canada is the strong national voice for the Amalgamated Transit Union in Canada on all issues of Canadian interest including legislation, political, educational, health and safety, cultural and social welfare matters." - ATU

ATU Local 113 (Toronto)


American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM)

"We are the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada, professional musicians united through our Locals so that: we can live and work in dignity, our work will be fulfilling and compensated fairly, we will have a meaningful voice in decisions that affect us, we will have the opportunity to develop our talents and skills, our collective voice and power will be realized in a democratic and progressive union, we can oppose the forces of exploitation through our union solidarity." - AFM

Association of Management, Administrative, and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario (AMAPCEO)


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Bakery Confectionary Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Workers Union (BCTGM)

"BCTGM represents manufacturing, production workers, maintenance and sanitation workers in the bakery, confectionery, tobacco and grain milling industries in North America. The goal is to bring economic justice in the workplace to all workers in our jurisdiction and social justice to workers throughout North America." - BCTGM

British Columbia Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU)


British Columbia Federation of Labour (BCFed)

British Columbia Nurses' Union (BCNU)

"We are the largest nursing union in BC, and the only union to offer services to nurses related to all four domains of nursing: research, clinical practice, leadership, and education. We are committed to defending nurses' individual rights as well as the nursing profession, and are the only health care union that has a long and successful track record of gains in wages and working conditions." - BCNU

British Columbia Teachers' Federation (BCTF)

"The BCTF is dedicated to a free, inclusive, quality public education system. We believe that empowered teachers are central to a just and democratic society. We advocate for workplaces that respect our knowledge and wisdom, and protect and nurture us as autonomous professionals with a joy of teaching and a deep understanding of learning. As a union, we commit to support and engage members in advocating for a public education system where the learning needs of all students can be met." - BCTF

Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employees (BMWE)

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Canadian Air Traffic Control Association (CATCA)

Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)

"Founded in 1951, CAUT is the national voice for academic staff representing 72,000 teachers, librarians, researchers, general staff and other academic professionals at some 125 universities and colleges across the country. CAUT is an outspoken defender of academic freedom and works actively in the public interest to improve the quality and accessibility of post-secondary education in Canada." - CAUT

Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

CLC Pacific Region

Canadian Media Guild (CMG)

Canadian Police Association (CPA)

Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF)

Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW)

CUPW Toronto local

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

CUPE Air Canada component

CUPE B.C. Division

CUPE Ontario Division

CUPE Local 3902 (teaching assistants at University of Toronto)

Change to win Coalition (U.S.)

Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC)

Coalition of Labour Union Women (U.S.)

Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN)

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Education International (international federation of teachers)

Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO)

European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) (Europe)

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Graphic Communications International Union (GCIU)

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Hospital Employees Union (HEU)

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IndustriALL Global Union

International Alliance of Theatrical, Stage Employees, ...of the United States and Canada (IATSE)

International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF)

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) Canada

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAMAW) U.S.

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers

International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmith, Forgers and Helpers (IBB) Canada

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

International Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers (BLE)

International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Canada

International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) U.S.

International Center for Trade Union Rights (ICTUR) International

International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) International

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) (Canada)

International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)

International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)

International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)

International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW)

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Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL)

Manitoba Government Employees' Union (MGEU)

Manitoba Nurses Union (MNU)

Manitoba Teachers' Society (MTS)

Maritime Fishermen's Union (MFU) Local 6 (Atlantic Canada)

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National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)

New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU)

New Brunswick Union of Public and Private Employees

Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL)

Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association (NLTA)

Newspaper Guild (CWA) (U.S.)

Newspaper Guild Canada (TNG-CWA)

Northwest Territories Teachers' Association (NWTTA)

Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU)

Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU)

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Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU)

Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA)

Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association (OECTA)

Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL)

Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA)

Ontario Principals' Council (OPC)

Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA)

Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF). District 12 (Toronto)

Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) (Provincial Office)

Ontario Social Service Workers Coordinating Committee


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Power Workers' Union (PWU) (CUPE 1000)

Professional Association of Residents of Ontario (PARO)

Professional Employees Association (PEA)

Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPS)

Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC)

Public Services International (PSI)

Public and Private Workers of Canda (PPWC)


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Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL)

Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation (STF)

Seafarers International Union (SIU)

Service Employees International Union (SEIU)

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) (Canada)

Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART)

Society of United Professionals

Syndicat de la fonction publique du Québec (SFPQ)


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Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU)

Toronto and York Region Labour Council

Toronto Civic Employees Union. Local 416

Toronto Police Association (TPA)

Trades Union Congress (TUC) (Great Britain federation of unions)

Transportation Communications International Union (TCU)


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UAW (U.S.)

Union Global Union

Union of National Defence Employees

Unions 21 (U.K.)

Unifor (former CAW and CEP)

UNISON (Great Britian federation, mainly public sector)

United Association of Journeymen ... (UA). Local 787

United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the United States and Canada (UA)

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) (Canada)

United Food and Commerical Workers International Union (UFCW). Local 175 (Ontario)

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). Local 1518 (British Columbia)

United Nurses of Alberta (UNA)

United Steelworkers (USW) (Canada)

United Steelworkers (USW). Local 1005 (Stelco, Hamilton, Ontario)


University of Toronto Faculty Association (UTFA)

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York University Faculty Association (YUFA)

York University Staff Association (YUSA)

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