Health Benefits Unit 1

WINTER TERM 2020 UPDATE

Our Benefits Committee for 2019/20:

Brian Deruiter (Chair)
Leila Meskine
Gerry Boily
Phil Wachel
Nathan Cecckin

Unit 1 health and dental plan is administered by Canadian Benefits as guided by the CUPE Local 4207 Benefits Committee. The insurance carrier is Green Shield Canada

This plan is administered by Canadian Benefits as guided by the CUPE Local 4207 Benefits Committee and Green Shield Canada as your insurance carrier.

WINTER SEMESTER (February 1, 2020 – May 31, 2020).

The monthly premium rates for this 4 month Winter Semester for members are subsidized by the University:

                                      Single coverage –       $36

                                        Couple coverage –   $125

                                      Family coverage –    $175

PREMIUM PAYMENT:

Direct premium withdrawals: Simply forward your banking information or void cheque along with the completed Enrollment Form and we will withdraw the monthly premium directly from your bank account. Withdrawals are made on the last Friday of each month of the semester. Payment can also be made by monthly post dated cheques or bank draft. This change to monthly withdrawals was made in response to Members’ requests.

PLAN DESIGN & ENROLLMENT FORMS

 A summary of the plan design and an Enrollment Form for Single, Couple, or Family coverage is to be completed if you wish to enroll.  This form is not fillable, as your signature is required to confirm coverage.

Because your Brock University email address can be suspended for a Semester when you do not have a contract, please provide your personal permanent email address.

NEW benefits are included in the CUPE 4207 Benefit coverage for 2019/2020:
NEW!  RETIREMENT INCOME CALCULATOR

You’ve worked a lifetime accumulating retirement funds.

As you begin planning for your retirement, how do you take best advantage of your income to minimize taxes?

How and when you access income can save you tens of thousands of tax dollars.

A program you can use to calculate scenarios based on your assets to maximum your income and minimize taxes.

See attached or the CUPE 4207 website for more information.

OPTIONAL ACCIDENTAL DEATH & DISMEMBERMENT INSURANCE

Available to all CUPE 4207 Members, whether you have a contract or not.

Affordable coverage with premiums deducted from your bank account by semester.

Only $48 per semester for $100,000 of coverage.

Coverage is also available for $200,000 or $300,000, and Family coverage. 

See attached or the CUPE 4207 website for enrollment details.

DEADLINE:

Please complete the attached Enrollment Form and return it along with your payment or Void cheque by mail to the address indicated on the top of the Enrollment Form by Monday February 3, 2020.  If you are submitting a void cheque for Direct Withdrawal, you can also forward your Form by email to Brockenroll@canben.com.

When you enroll, you will receive a confirmation email once your coverage has been activated, and information on how to submit claims and access Green Shield plan member services. 

Eleni Xilias

Group Benefits Administrator

Canadian Benefits Consulting Group

+ 2300 Yonge Street, Suite 3000 | P.O. Box 2426 | Toronto | ON M4P 1E4

(416-488-7755 ext: 229 | 1-800-268-0285 (toll free)
exilias@canben.com
www.canben.com

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 was 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.