Dear CUPE 3906 members,
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you as the “benefits and advocacy officer” for the last few years. I am humbled and honoured to serve my fellow members at CUPE 3906. I would like to self-nominate myself once again for the “benefits and advocacy officer” portfolio. During the last few years, I was able to support you in many different ways, I would like to highlight a few of those critical milestones we achieved together:
- Enhancement of Professional Development Funds: For all U2 and U3 members, I had the honour to bring your applications to our benefits committee’s attention. I also responded to your e-mails as you had questions/ concerns and follow-up questions. After the U3 bargaining concluded recently, I ensured you had increase allocation to your professional development funds along with the expansion of how you can spend this money. For U2 members, I also ensured you have ongoing access to your professional development funds and I made every effort to get you answers in a timely manner or direct you to individuals who can answer your relevant question.
- Enhancement of Health Care Spending Account:After the U1 and U3 bargaining, I ensured you have access to increased allocation of the funds after the ratification of the collective bargaining agreement. I ensured that you have access to this fund as quickly as possible so I can help alleviate some of the financial pressures.
- Achievements in Bargaining and Negotiations: During U3 and U2 bargaining, I was honoured to represent you as a Bargaining Chair in order to ensure I can voice “our collective” opinion and concerns to enhance the benefits you deserve. I am happy to say that for U3 members, we had huge success with increased benefits along with increased allocation to the U3 Support Fund for emergency purposes. I am doing my best to ensure U2 will get a great deal after the current round of bargaining.
Under the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, I ensured that I would accept your applications via e-mail. I receive over 30 e-mails daily and I always ensure to answer your questions as quickly as possible. After the lockdown in March, we received over 50+ applications. I ensured that with the support of our benefits committee that we will make timely decisions for your applications. I am happy to announce that we were able to issue the cheques to help alleviate some of the financial stress that our members are going through.
Finally, I am truly thankful to each and every one of you for your support and understanding. I continue to seek your support and request you to “vote for me” for the benefits and advocacy portfolio so that the progress we have made will continue on.