Unit 1 Welcome Guide

Nancy MacBainNews, Unit 1

A huge welcome goes out to all our new members as we start a new school year.

If you’re working as a TA, or an RA in lieu of a TA, you’re a member of Unit 1 of CUPE 3906. We’ve put together a Welcome Guide to try and orient you to your Union Local, your benefits plan and the city of Hamilton in general.

Click here to download the Unit 1 Welcome Guide

Labour Day Festivities

Nancy MacBainEvents, News, Political Action

Annual Labour Day celebrations, organized by the Hamilton District Labour Council, will take place this year on September 5th. There will be a parade followed by a picnic in Dundurn Park.

CUPE 3906 members are invited to join the local for the parade, and back at the park for the picnic (we have food tickets for you).

Meet at the corner of Pearl & York
(look for the black flags)
Sept 5th

Click here for more information about Hamilton Labour Day celebrations.

CUPE & OCAP Solidarity BBQ

Nancy MacBainEvents, News, Political Action

CUPE Ontario and OCAP are fighting  back against the cuts to the Special Diet Allowance. These cuts leave thousands without the help they desperately need.

We Demand:
-Full restoration of the Special Diet Allowance
-Increase in welfare and disability rates

Join us for the Solidarity BBQ and let your voice be heard!

Saturday Aug 27th
Gage Park

Click here for more information.

UHIP claims at a walk-in clinic

Communication OfficerBenefits, International

Long time ago I had this claim and wanted to share the information with the international students.

Basically, I was not in town when I got sick so I had to go to a walk-in clinic or a hospital. Knowing the waiting time at a hospital I decided to go to a walk-in clinic. Then I found out that they do not accept my UHIP card like McMaster’s Health Centre. I had to pay $60 and then they gave me the receipt to fill the claim and send it to the insurance company myself. They told me there that the claim is not going to be covered completely, the insurance company will pay just 80% of it. However, as you see in the pictures, the rebate was even less than 80%.

Apparently, SunLife has its own rates for services that university clinics and hospitals conform to. Other than that, if you end up going to a walk-in clinic it is possible that you pay something out of your own pocket, in addition to the cost for posting the claim and about a month waiting for the rebate to come back.

General Membership Meeting – TONIGHT

Nancy MacBainGeneral, News

There will be a General Membership Meeting

Thursday August 4th
MUSC 311/313
5:30 – (free food at 5:00)
Childcare reimbursement available on request

The following items will be on the agenda:

  • Election of CGEU Conference Delegates
  • Election of an Ad Hoc Committee on political endorsement
  • Amendments to By-laws section 8, 9 and 16
  • Motion to reimburse working group expenditures
  • There will also be elections for the following Executive positions: Undergraduate Officer, Unit 2 Chief Steward

General Membership Meeting

Nancy MacBainNews

There will be a

General Membership Meeting
June 28th
5:30 (free food at 5:00)
MUSC 311/313
Childcare reimbursement will be available.

Agenda Items Include:
Bylaw Amendments
Elections – Undergraduate Rep, Unit 2 Chief Steward
Bargaining Update

Free food and door prizes!

Canada Post Lockout & CUPE 3906 Benefits

Sathish PichikaGeneral

The nation-wide Canada Post lockout will affect the processing and delivery of your benefits in a variety of ways. Please read the following post carefully.

Equitable Life will continue to process  Unit 1 (TA and RA in lieu) and Unit 3 (Post-doc) dental claims.  The Prosure group will continue to process Unit 2 benefit claims and Unit 1 childcare. Both Equitable Life and Prosure have agreed to send benefits cheques to CUPE 3906 via courier. These cheques can be picked up at the CUPE 3906 office in the basement of Wentworth Hall.

We will try to notify members by email  if a cheque is available for pick up. Members who are expecting a cheque are encouraged to email their up to date contact info to the benefits officer, Rebecca Strung,  at benefits@cupe3906.org.

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers has indicated that there is a lot of mail in the system that will not be delivered. This means that benefits claims might be held up on route to Equitable life or Prosure. It also means that benefits cheques that were already mailed out may be stuck in the system.  Members who recently submitted a claim should thus expect long delays. Inquiries about the status of a benefits claim should be directed to the benefits officer at benefits@cupe3906.org.

Please note that Unit 1 vision care and UHIP claims are being held until the end of August and will not be affected by the Canada Post lockout. Click here for more information.

Please feel free to contact Rebecca at benefits@cupe3906.org or the CUPE office if you have any questions or concerns about how the Canada Post lockout will affect your benefits.

Attention Post-Docs: Special General Membership Meeting on June 16th

Nancy MacBainNews, Unit 3, Unit 3 Bargaining

There will be a Special General Membership Meeting to discuss, and vote on, priorities that will inform our proposals for the upcoming round of negotiations with the University. Your contract will expire at the end of August, and your involvement in the process of bargaining a new one is essential to the process.

Make sure your voice is heard – Join us
June 16th  –  4:00-6:00pm  –  MUSC 311/313

Free food will be available  –  Childcare costs are reimbursed on request.

If you have any questions please email bargaining@cupe3906.org.