Health Benefits Unit 1

HEALTH BENEFITS PLAN UPDATED FOR 2018
This plan is administered by Canadian Benefits as guided by the CUPE Local 4207 Benefits Committee and Green Shield Canada has been chosen as your insurance carrier based on their rates and their online services for plan members.

Based on your comments, changes were made to the plan:

Reduced hours to qualify for subsidized rates of premiums for Single, Couple and Family coverage for CUPE Local 4207 Members. Now members with contracts totaling at least 120 hours per semester or equivalent (Formerly was at least 195 hours per semester or equivalent) qualify for low, subsidized, premium rates.  The premiums per semester are:

Single coverage – $100 with eligible contracts totaling at least 120 hours or equivalent; otherwise unsubsidized, $476

Couple coverage – $496 with eligible contracts totaling at least 120 hours or equivalent; otherwise unsubsidized, $952

Family coverage; – $1,092 with eligible contracts totaling at least 120 hours or equivalent; otherwise unsubsidized, $1,668

Direct premium withdrawals: Simply forward the copy of your banking information or void cheque along with the completed Enrollment form and we will withdraw the semester’s premium directly from your bank account. (Formerly could have paid only by cheque).

 Coverage is available by semester:

  • Winter – January to April
  • Summer – May to August

 Please find attached: 

  1. Enrollment Instructions
  2. Plan Design
  3. Enrollment Form for Single, Couple, or Family coverage – this form is not fillable, as your signature is required to confirm coverage and your cheque or void cheque must be submitted with your enrollment form.

 To enroll, please complete the attached enrollment form and returning it along with your payment or void cheque by Thursday, February 01, 2018.

When you enroll, you will receive a confirmation email with additional information on accessing the Green Shield Canada system.   

Canadian Benefits is always available to answer your questions.  Please contact us at Brockenroll@canben.com for assistance.

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Some background on 4207 health benefits:

A health benefit plan has become available in the Fall 2017 for Unit 1 members who are not graduate students. The benefit plan has been negotiated for the latest Unit 1 collective agreement*. Finally, since 1998 when our local was certified, the TAs, instructors, lab demonstrators, marker/graders and course-coordinators who are not graduate students, achieved some modest form of real health benefits. It is a good start!

*The university agreed to contribute $100,000 each year of the duration of the Unit 1 contract (2016-2019, three years) towards a health benefit plan. You can read the Letter of Understanding on page 45 in the Unit 1 collective agreement.