The Benefits Committee met during the last week of August and reviewed many U2 applications. The Committee decided not to renew technology funds unless the employer is willing to pay. There are many members who continuously request technology reimbursement for online teaching, and while the U2 Bargaining Team did try to incorporate a technology fund into the collective agreement that is currently under negotiation, this idea was not supported by the Employer. As such, and given that the the the professional development fund is designated for professional development activities only, the Benefits Committee is unable to make any exceptions during this difficult time. The Committee will continue accepting online applications, but please note that the volume of emails received is higher than usual. We ask that you allow at least 48 hours for the Benefits Officer to respond to any inquiries.