Unit 2 Health Spending Account Increased

Nancy MacBainBenefits, News, Unit 2

The benefits committee is pleased to announce that the Unit 2 Health Spending Account (HSA) entitlement will be increased to $400/year on a trial basis. The increase may be adjusted in the future if the claims activity is higher or lower than expected. The decision to increase the HSA was made after a careful review of Unit 2 HSA claims over the past couple of years, which suggested that there was room to adjust the maximum entitlement without exceeding the Unit 2 benefits budget.  The increase is effective immediately.

More information, and claim forms are available here.

In solidarity,
Rebecca Strung, Benefits Officer

Upcoming Meetings

Nancy MacBainNews

There are two membership meetings upcoming. More information will be sent out as it becomes available.

General Membership Meeting
Tuesday March 15th
Food at 5:00 – Meeting at 5:30
MDCL 3024

Annual General Membership Meeting (including elections for the Executive)
Wednesday April 6th
Food at 5:00 – Meeting at 5:30
Location TBA

Unit 2 Health Spending Account (HSA) Increase

Sathish PichikaEvents, General, News, Unit 2

The benefits committee is pleased to announce that the Unit 2 Health Spending Account (HSA) entitlement will be increased to $400/year on a trial basis. The increase may be adjusted in the future if the claims activity is higher or lower than expected. The decision to increase the HSA was made after a careful review of Unit 2 HSA claims over the past couple of years, which suggested that there was room to adjust the maximum entitlement without exceeding the Unit 2 benefits budget.  The increase is effective immediately.

Rants and Raves – a social mixer and open house

Political Action CommitteeGeneral, Political Action

Interested in kicking back to kick off your reading week? Meeting fellow members of the flying squad, or mingling with other politically minded folks?

The Political Action Committee invites everyone to join us for a fabulous and free evening of live music, dub poetry, local art, and a potluck dinner!

Wednesday, February 16th, Wentworth Lounge (next to the Phoenix), doors open at 6:30pm

Performances will include “BaNanny Republic”, a new spoken word piece by Joyne Lavides and Roberto Lavidez,

and music by “The Human Race”

Food provided, but everyone welcome to bring a dish they want to share.  Cash bar available at the Phoenix.

Need to know: The Wentworth Lounge is not accessible.  We appologize for maintaining this barrier, and we invite you to let us know if you have any concerns.

Meetings Rescheduled After Snow

Nancy MacBainNews

The General Membership Meeting and Stewards’ Council Meeting have been rescheduled after the school closure yesterday. The new dates are as follows:

General Membership Meeting
February 9th, 2011
5:30pm
Location MUMC 1A5 (Hospital, 1st floor, by the Williams)

Stewards’ Council Meeting
March 2nd, 2011
5:00pm
Wentworth Lounge (beside The Phoenix)

GMM Postponed

Nancy MacBainNews

Tonight’s General Membership Meeting has been postponed as a result of McMaster’s closure due to the snowstorm.

We will reschedule the GMM as soon as possible. In the meantime, we hope that everyone keeps safe.

General Membership Meeting – Feb 2nd – 5:30

Nancy MacBainNews, Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 3

Our next General Membership Meeting will take place:
February 2, 2011
5:30pm
MUMC 1A5 (hospital, 1st floor, by the William’s)

Agenda items will include:
-Bylaw Amendments (carried forward from the last meeting) Articles 3b, 4 & 5.
-Elections – Vice President, Chief Steward Unit 2, Equity Officer, Health & Safety Reps (all faculties)

Food will be available. Childcare reimbursement also available.

Call for Testimonies: Forum on Graduate and Undergraduate Dis/ability Supports at McMaster

Maria MustafaEquity, General

Members of CUPE 3906’s Equity Action Committee (EAC) have identified a campus-wide need to engage in a conversation about gaps in dis/ability support at McMaster. We are using the term ‘dis/ability’ in order to disrupt the more common, pathologizing understanding of ‘disability.’ Our use of this term is also intended to be as open as possible, so as to explicitly encourage and welcome conversations about both visible and (in)visible dis/abilities.

In order to begin this conversation with as many participants as possible, the EAC invites the submission of brief testimonies (2-5 minutes in length, maximum 500 words, in any format) to be shared at a forum on questions around dis/ability support at McMaster. There will also be time for an open mic, if anyone decides they would like to share something during the meeting. We imagine the event as one in which people can share their experiences and begin to develop a community in which concerns can be raised and, ideally, that may lead in many directions, from social events, to a range of creative venues to spread awareness about dis/ability issues, to creating a report on policy recommendations for the union and the university. Because of time constraints, we will, unfortunately, have to limit the number of submissions that are shared, but the success of the event is absolutely dependent upon the participation of as many people as possible, so do please attend even if your submission isn’t chosen or if you do not intend to submit a testimony—just being there is plenty!

Because of the very real impact of the stigma around dis/ability, we are limiting our invitee list to only graduate and undergraduate students, with the hope that more people may be welcome someday as we break down barriers. We also encourage submissions from people who may not be comfortable attending for any reason or who may have commitments that make it impossible to attend, who may not want to share their submission publicly and/or who are not comfortable doing so themselves (in which case we would be happy to have someone share it in their place), or who would prefer to remain anonymous. This call for testimonies, in short, is intended to encourage everyone to participate in this event to the degree that they feel safe and comfortable, and the EAC will do everything in its power to support and accommodate these needs and choices. Upon request, we will look into acquiring ASL interpreters and audio support.  Please also let us know if there are other supports that we can put in place, and please also get in touch with us if you see any omissions here.

Possible questions/topics include:

-How has your experience at McMaster with regard to dis/ability support been?

-Dis/ability in the classroom

-TAing or RAing with a dis/ability

-The supervisor/thesis committee and supervisee relationship

-Peer support

-Discrimination

-Interlocking oppressions

-Stigmatization

-Ally support

The forum will take place on Wednesday, February 9, 2011 from 3:30-5:30 in MUSC 224.  Light refreshments will be available.

Please submit your paper/response to us at equity@cupe3906.org by Wednesday, February 2, 2011.  We look forward to your submissions. Please contact us at equity@cupe3906.org if you have any questions.

Steward’s Council – February 8th

Nancy MacBainGeneral, News, Unit 1

Greetings fellow stewards. As the current Unit 1 contract expires in a few months, this seems a good time to think about how we as stewards can contribute to the collective bargaining process. To that end, we are calling a Stewards Council meeting for

February 8th
5:00-7:30
Wentworth Lounge (right beside the Phoenix)

Right now we envision a three-point agenda for the meeting: Dave Hauch will briefly outline the bargaining process; following this we will talk about some of the major concerns in our respective departments; finally we will discuss ways that we can begin to raise awareness of the various issues among our colleagues. I would appreciate it greatly if you could attend. Food will be provided. Note, also, that if you know any one interested in becoming a steward, they are also welcome to attend.

Thanks, all.
Jonathan Bernier
Chief Steward – Unit 1