IMPORTANT UPDATE–March 23, 2020

We are now accepting applications electronically for Professional development funds until further notice. Please e-mail your application in one document to your benefits officer at benefits@cupe3906.org
Effective Immediately (and retroactive to September 1, 2019), the Unit 3 Professional Development Fund reimbursement amount will increase to $400 per academic year per eligible member.  The Fund has been expanded to include Research Journal Subscriptions, Leadership Development courses, and Language courses as eligible expenses.  We are accepting expenses that were incurred retroactive to September 1, 2019 for the increased amount.  For more information, please contact your benefits officer at benefits@cupe3906.org.
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In 2017, the Union won a new fund for Postdoctoral Fellows–a Professional Development Fund.  In our most recent round of contract negotiations, we won improvements to this fund.

Your benefits committee recently vote to increase the entitlement to $400 per academic year (subject to the availability of funds). It was previously $300 per year.

The fund is currently limited to conference participation, professional association fees, academic books, research journal subscriptions, leadership development courses. The Fund has been expanded to include Research Journal Subscriptions, Leadership Development courses, and Language courses as eligible expenses.

You must currently be working as a CUPE 3906 Unit 3 Postdoc at McMaster to access the funds.

For additional information, please contact our Benefits Officer at benefits@cupe3906.org.