Unit 1 Health Benefits & Financial Assistance Funds
Information about Unit 1 Health Benefits & Financial Assistance Funds under the new Collective Agreement
For further details about the Top-Up Plan and how to make claims please visit: http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/current-staff/unionized/cupe-local-3902-unit-1.htm
Click here for a chart detailing maximum amounts in the various eligible health categories under your GSU and Top-up Plan.
Please note that in order for plans to be properly coordinated it is vital that you register for your plan services with your name exactly as it appears in your student/PDF enrolment.
If you are now enrolled in the Plan you can contact Green Shield Canada at 1-888-711-1119 with questions about claims, coverage or online services. If you have any questions about your eligibility or, are not yet loaded into the Plan, please contact the U of T Benefits Department at email@example.com or 416-978-2598.
Tuition Assistance Fund (TAF)
**Reminder** This fund should provide all eligible members a tuition grant equal to the difference between their tuition amount (not including fees), less other grants such as DCAs, OGS, etc., and 50 per cent domestic tuition. In order to be eligible for this fund you must be beyond the “funded cohort” and paying tuition in the 5th or 6th year of your PhD (research stream) or 2nd year of your Masters (research stream).
As you may be aware, earlier in October the Employer sent e-mails to individual members regarding their eligibility or ineligibility for the TAF. These e-mails reflect the Employer’s position on members’ eligibility and were ostensibly sent only to those the Employer deemed part of a potentially eligible cohort (e.g. those in their 5th or 6th year of a PhD or 2nd Year of a Master’s).
Please follow the steps below if you believe you are eligible for the TAF (Tuition Assistance Fund), but have either:
- received no correspondence from the University OR
- received correspondence from the University saying you are ineligible OR
- received correspondence from the University saying you are eligible for less than you believe you are eligible for.
- E-mail Hana Saleem in Labour Relations (firstname.lastname@example.org) to try to resolve the issue.
- If, after e-mailing Hana Saleem, the issue is not resolved to your satisfaction OR you do not receive a response within 1 week please fill out this online form: https://cupe3902.wufoo.eu/forms/cupe-3902-unit-1-taf-issue-report-form/
NOTE: To ensure the collection of all relevant information, you must fill out a form even if you have already been in touch with someone from CUPE 3902 about your situation.
Please submit your form as soon as possible so that there is time for it to be processed, for any subsequent follow-up and for a grievance to be filed, as necessary, within the requisite timeline as designated in our Collective Agreement. If you have questions about filling out the form please contact the Secretary Treasurer, Emily Clare, at email@example.com. You will receive a confirmation e-mail when you submit the form and a Union representative will then be in touch within 2 weeks.
Graduate Student Bursary Fund (GSBF)
**Reminder** This fund is for Unit 1 members whose annual funding is below $17,500/year. It should be sufficient to provide all bargaining unit members in the funded cohort with a top-up equal to the difference between their funding and $17,500 per year.
We will give updates as they are available. Please look out for e-mail correspondence, check the website for updates and be sure to attend all meetings that you are able.
A brief summary of the leave provisions under the Unit 1 agreement