Unit 1 Health Benefits & Financial Assistance Funds
Information about Unit 1 Health Benefits & Financial Assistance Funds under the new Collective Agreement
For furhter 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
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 Dept at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.”
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 (email@example.com) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
As explained at the Special Unit 1 Meeting on October 28, 2015, the data provided by the Employer to enable the disbursement of the Graduate Student Bursary Fund (GSBF) is now the subject of a major dispute. The Union has been pursuing and will continue to aggressively pursue a resolution through all channels, including legal ones such as the Ontario Labour Relations Board, as necessary. Unfortunately, this means the administration of this fund is on hold until further notice. Detailed information on the dispute and our next steps is available in the report given at the meeting on October 28, which has been made available for you to read in the CUPE Office at 180 Bloor Street West (Suite 803) during regular office hours. Due to the sensitive nature of the materials, we are unable to circulate the report online.
Important decisions on this matter (including on the disbursement of the GSBF) will be made at a membership meeting TBA. 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