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Unit 3 Fund

The Unit 3 Fund is a pool of $140,000 to be disbursed to eligible members to offset expenses incurred for (a) attendance at an academic or pedagogical conference, and (b) to offset expenses related to your teaching.

You must be a member of CUPE 3902 – Unit 3, who is employed in the bargaining unit between September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018 for a minimum of 50 hours if paid on an hourly basis, or one half-course if employed as a Sessional Lecturer (or a combination of the two as required).

The deadline to apply is 31 August 2018.  The Unit 3 Fund application form can be found here. To apply to be a member of CUPE 3902, please visit the Members’ Portal.

NOTE: Individuals applying to the Unit 3 Fund must have completed a CUPE 3902 membership application. This can be done through the Membership Portal (top right-hand of the homepage). Information on how to access the Portal was sent to all members earlier this Fall via email.

Professional Expenses Reimbursement Account (PERA)

This is a pre-Union benefit that has been “grand-parented,” i.e. maintained for those who had it in the past.

Members who taught at least 1.5 courses in 2004-05 and who continue to do so are entitled to a PERA based on course-load. You can use this money for expenses related to conferences, travel between campuses, books, journals, professional memberships, etc.

For those members who have been teaching since 2005-06, you may be eligible to apply for the Unit 3 Fund. Details for this fund can be found in the Unit 3 Benefits Section.

Group RRSP

The GRRSP is an optional RRSP for any Unit 3 member who is not already enrolled in the UofT pension plan.

All members of Unit 3 who are not on the UofT Pension Plan are entitled to membership in a Group RRSP. If you are a member of Unit 3, except for SL3, and agree to contribute 5% of your UofT income to the GRRSP, the University will make a matching contribution of 5% of salary for all participating members. The matching contribution for SL 3’s and WI2-Priority is 6%. At the end of each academic year you have the choice either to leave the money in the GRRSP or transfer it out.

Information and enrolment forms are available here.

You must drop off or mail in your enrolment form to: Central Benefits (GRRSP), UofT Human Resources Dept, 215 Huron Street – 8th floor, Toronto, M5S 1A2 (do NOT send the form to Standard Life). There is no deadline for the applications to arrive.

If you are already enrolled in the Unit 3 Group RRSP and wish to use the option to withdraw/transfer funds from the plan, you may do so between September 1st and September 30th of each year. You can call Standard Life directly and make the transfer via phone: 1-800-242-1704.

Health Care Spending Account (HCSA)

The Unit 3 HCSA allows Sessional Lecturers and hourly-paid sessionals with at least 50 hours of work to be reimbursed for eligible medical expenses.

Effective upon ratification of the new Collective Agreement, reimbursement of heath care expenses for Sessional Lecturers is $475 for the first half-course taught, and $325 per half-course thereafter, to a maximum of $1,775 per year.

Effective upon ratification of the new Collective Agreement, reimbursement for health care expenses for hourly-paid employees (Sessional Instructional Assistants, Music Instructors, Writing Instructors) shall be as follows:
50-99 hours: $238
100-299 hours: $475
300-449 hours: $713
450 or more hours: $800

But enrolment in the HCSA is NOT automatic: please remember to enrol yourself by downloading the enrolment form HERE. A Human Resources guideline to completing the HCSA enrolment form is available HEREBring or send the completed enrolment form NOT to Greenshield, but to the UofT Benefits Office, at 215 Huron St, 8th floor (Toronto, M5S 1A2).  Eligibility for reimbursement begins on the date of employment, not the date of enrolment. Nevertheless, you are encouraged to enrol as soon as possible.

Once enrolled, you will be sent a Green Shield card to make claims. Eligible expenses are those that qualify as a medical expense tax credit under the Income Tax Act, including prescription eyeglasses, dental expenses, medical devices and supplies, prescription drugs, and services of paramedical practitioners. A list of eligible medical expense tax credits can be found on the Canada Revenue Agency website HERE and claim forms can be found HERE.

Reimbursement from your HCSA is not taxable under current Income Tax Act rules. However, once you receive reimbursement for an eligible expense under your HCSA, you cannot also claim this expense as a medical expense tax credit on your tax return.

If you are already enrolled in a University of Toronto benefit plan, you are entitled to continue in that plan. In this case, you are NOT also allowed to participate in the Health Care Spending Account plan. Please check with your Department to ensure that your enrolment in the benefit plan is being continued.

Leave Under the Collective Agreement

Members in Unit 3 have access to an array of different leaves under the Collective Agreement. Click on the title above to view the different leaves available to you as a Unit 3 member.

Employee & Family Assistance Plan (EFAP)

Members of CUPE 3902, Unit 3 have access to the University of Toronto’s Employee & Family Assistance Plan (EFAP).

The EFAP offers free confidential short-term counselling to employees and their dependants for personal, family, and work-related problems. You and your dependents can receive counselling and referral services related to concerns in the following areas:

1. Counselling

Within a supportive, confidential and caring environment you can receive counselling for any challenge:

  • Family
  • Depression
  • Marital / Life transitions / change
  • Relationships
  • Grief / bereavement
  • Addictions
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Other personal issues

2. Plan Smart Lifestyle and Specialty Counselling

3. Online Resources

  • E-learning courses
  • Child and eldercare resource locators

For more information please visit the University’s EFAP website here.