Dental Claim Payment Suspension Ended

Brad WalchukGeneral

We are pleased to announce that Equitable Life and McMaster have resolved the outstanding dental premiums owed by the university, and as a result Equitable Life has lifted the suspension of the payment of dental claims. This means that any claims submitted to Equitable going forward, or that were submitted over the past few days, should be paid in full … Read More

IMPORTANT: Suspension of Dental Claims Payments

Brad WalchukGeneral

Please be advised that our benefits provider, Equitable Life of Canada, notified the Union that access to dental benefits will be suspended for an unspecific period of time.  There is currently a discrepancy surrounding the total premiums collected for the 2014-15 academic year.  The Union, Equitable Life, and McMaster are all working to resolve this issue. During this period, you … Read More

General Membership Meeting: Tues, Sept 29th at 5 p.m.

Brad WalchukGeneral

We are having a General Membership Meeting, or GMM, on Tuesday September 29th at 5:00 p.m. in TSH B-105.  A free pizza dinner from Basilique will be provided, as well as drinks.  There are a number of important happenings at this meeting, including a presentation and debate of, and voting on, the 2015-16 operating budget, as well as the election of … Read More

CUPE 3906 supports locked-out MANA workers

Brad WalchukGeneral

CUPE 3906 members were proud to be on the picket lines of locked-out MANA workers. These workers have been locked-out for two years because they said to “no” to a $10/hr wage cut. An article on the lock-out, and yesterday’s rally featuring a concert from punk band D.O.A., can be found here.

Congratulations to the Nominees: 19th Annual Graduate Student Awards

Brad WalchukGeneral

The 19th Annual Graduate Student Awards acknowledges student excellence in teaching, communicating and translating research, and leadership on campus and beyond. Congratulations to the 27 Teaching Assistants, all CUPE 3906 members, that are nominated for the GSA Keith Leppmann Teaching Assistant Excellence Award. Congratulations also to our President, Evan Johnston, who is nominated for the Mary Keyes Award for Outstanding … Read More

Executive Committee Vacancy: Treasurer

Evan JohnstonGeneral

The position of Treasurer has recently become vacant on the CUPE 3906 Executive Committee, for which an election will be held at our next General Membership Meeting (GMM) on September 29. For a brief description of the responsibilities for this position, please see the following overview of executive portfolios. All members in good standing may be nominated. A member in good standing is someone that … Read More

Welcome Guide for International Memebers

Brad WalchukGeneral

The CUPE executive, thanks largely to the hard work of Darko (our International Officer) and Ulduz (our former Unit 3 Chief Steward), has developed a helpful Welcome Guide for international members.  We think it will be useful in orienting newcomers to McMaster and to Hamilton more broadly. It can be read on-line here.

Unit 1 (TAs/RAs in lieu) Dental Information Update 2015-16

Brad WalchukGeneral

Information for Unit 1 dental benefits, including eligibility, updated  premium rates, opt-out provisions, family coverage information, and deadlines is now posted on-line. The 2015-16 rate for single coverage is $12.43/mth, while family coverage is $77.19/mth.  The opt-out and family enrollment deadline is Wednesday, September 9th at 4:00 p.m. This is a firm deadline. Please note if you are opting-out or … Read More

Unit 1 Dental Update: 2015-16 coverage and eligibility

Brad WalchukGeneral

Please note that we are in the process of updating our Unit 1 dental forms for the 2015-16.  The reason for the delay is that the Employer informed us in July that they planned to take 100% of the dental premiums (12 months worth of premiums) off of the first paycheque in September.  At our July General Membership Meeting, the … Read More

Reminder: New Faculty Workshop

Brad WalchukGeneral

New sessionals (this includes anyone who has been employed for 3 years or less as a sessional) are invited to a New Faculty Welcome on August 27th at the Faculty Club. The event begins at 8:30 and ends after a complementary lunch. CUPE Local 3906 and the McMaster Institute for Innovation & Excellence in Teaching & Learning (MIIETL) are also … Read More