On the eve of our 100th birthday, the Centennial Committee wanted to give AUPE’s membership the chance to reflect on who we are. The results of our union-wide Centennial Census are in. Learn more about AUPE members today…by the numbers.
Over a three-week period this summer, more than 6,000 members responded to our Centennial Census – 6,441 to be exact – giving us statistical significance for the online survey. The census data will help AUPE focus our advocacy work, better inform our strategies at bargaining tables and help build a stronger sense of solidarity among all of us.
AUPE is Alberta’s largest union, with more than 93,000 members. It’s no surprise that the vast majority of those members are located in the big cities of Calgary and Edmonton, where the provincial government and major health facilities are located, but we also have members spread far across the province. You don’t have to go too far to find an AUPE member!
Full-time work keeps most AUPE members busy, but you may be surprised to learn that many take on a second job in addition to their full-time work. In fact, six per cent of members have a casual position on top of their regular job, while another six per cent have a part-time job in addition to full-time work.
The overwhelming majority – 77 per cent – of our membership identifies as female, compared with 21 per cent who identified as male. These numbers show that women continue to keep the union strong.
0.32% of respondents identified as non-binary gender diverse, two-spirited or transgender.
Another 2.62% responded that they'd "prefer to not say"
A big chunk of AUPE membership falls between the ages of 35 and 64, with the biggest group (29 per cent) falling between the ages of 45 and 54. Your union also has a significant number of members between the ages of 25 and 34.
One way AUPE members stay politically engaged is by having their say at the ballot box. Nine out of ten members have voted in a federal, provincial or municipal election.
Most AUPE members have some formal post-secondary education, be it a bachelor's degree, a college certificate or diploma, or a post-graduate degree. AUPE is a diverse union, representing members in a variety of classifications and jobs, and some of those positions don't require formal education. One thing is clear: all of our members do important work that is valued by the people of this province.