The Unit 3 Fund is for members who incur expenses related to (1) their attendance at an academic or pedagogical conference and/or (2) their teaching.

For the 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2019 round of the Unit 3 Fund, any Unit 3 member who meets the following criteria by the time of application is eligible to apply: (a) you are a Union member in good standing; (b) you have secured either 50 hours of work (if paid on an hourly basis) or one half course (if employed as a Sessional Lecturer) in the bargaining unit; and (c) you have incurred expenses related to conference attendance and/or teaching.

What is an eligible expense?

(1) For a conference expense to be eligible, the conference must take place during the eligible claim period (September 1, 2018 – August 31, 2019). Eligible expenses include: registration fees (even if paid prior to the eligible claim period); travel costs (airfare, train, or car; if travelling by car, cost will be calculated at the C.U.P.E. 3902 reimbursement rate of 55₵/kilometer to a maximum of 500KM); flight cancellation insurance; transit between residence and hotel/airport/train station; and standard hotel costs (basic accommodation). PLEASE NOTE: meals are not an eligible expense.

(2) For a professional expense to be eligible, the related professional activity must take place during the eligible claim period (1 September 2018 – 31 August 2019). Eligible expenses include: membership fees for professional and/or learned societies related to the member’s discipline (even if paid prior to the eligible claim period); subscriptions to professional and/or learned journals (even if paid prior to the eligible claim period); books, materials, equipment and services directly related to research or teaching; computer hardware, tablets, smartphones, and software and supplies used in performance of academic duties that are not considered ‘required’ to do the job and thus the responsibility of the Employer; expenses incurred in the preparation and completion of scholarly manuscripts (self-publication efforts are excluded) and page or reprint charges; office supplies related to the performance of teaching and research duties that are not covered by the C.A. and thus the responsibility of the Employer; and fees incurred for professional development; expenses related to teaching commute (transit/parking). PLEASE NOTE the following are not eligible expenses: decorative items for home office, internet, and data charges.

How much money will I get?

The Unit 3 Fund has been allocated $140,000 per year. The fund reimburses up to $600 per member. If monies remain after the application deadline has passed and all applications processed, the fund may be reopened and applications on file for that year automatically considered for top-up.

When will I get my money?

Applications for this fund will be open between 1 December 2018 and 31 August 2019. Disbursements will be processed every two months.

How do I apply?

The application form is available online and accessible through the Union’s website. To find the application, login to the Member Portal (found by scrolling up to the top right of this page).

A complete application for the Unit 3 Fund will include: (a) a membership card (if you do not already have one on file), (b) the 2018-19 Unit 3 Fund Application Form, and (c) supporting documentation—this documentation should include receipts/invoices for the expense.

You will receive an immediate confirmation email for each application you submit. PLEASE NOTE: if you do not receive a confirmation email you did not successfully submit the application.

If you do not have (a) a membership card (i.e., you do not have a CUPE number, found on the left-hand side of the Portal home page), fill out a Membership Application Form (found on the ‘Forms’ tab). PLEASE NOTE: processing membership applications can take up to four (4) business days. Failure to fill out a membership application in a timely way (i.e., less than five days before the deadline) is not grounds for submitting a late application.

Applications will be accepted between 1 December 2018 – 31 August 2019.