CUPE 2626 members are entitled to a number of benefits. Aside from funding, your benefits help reduce your expenses or work on campus during weekends and holidays, encourage your academic or personal development, etc.

If you have a contract as a TA, RA, Proctor, Marker, Tutor or Lab Demonstrator, or if you’ve had one in the last 12 months, you have access to the following benefits:

TUITION SUPPORT BENEFIT

This benefit is intended to mitigate the effects of tuition fee hikes for union members, by keeping the increase to a maximum of 1.5% annually.

How to get this benefit?

You receive the Tuition Support Benefit for every academic year (September to August) during which you work a total of 130 hours or more.

For this academic year, your tuition fees will not be raised by more than 1.5%. Any amount of money paid in surplus to the University will automatically be reimbursed in your student’s account.

N.B. If you reach 130 hours of work during the Winter or Spring/Summer semester, you will still receive the Tuition Support Benefit, and it will be applied retroactively to all semesters of that academic year.

 

LEAVES AND ABSENCES

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

You have the right to a paid leave of three (3) consecutive working days for the death of a close relative. (You can see a definition of ‘close relative’ in our Collective Agreement.)

How to get this benefit?

If you find yourself in these unfortunate circumstances, please contact us. We will help you through the process of getting a bereavement leave.

 

CONFERENCE LEAVE

You have the right to a paid leave of up to ten (10) hours of work when you attend a conference.

If you are presenting a poster or a paper at the conference, you also have access to our Conference Fund.

How to get this benefit?

Please contact us. We will help you through the process of getting a conference leave.

 

COMPASSIONATE LEAVE

You have the right to paid leaves of up to ten (10) hours annually to take care of your close relatives. (You can see a definition of ‘close relative’ in our Collective Agreement.)

These leaves are intended for emergencies or family obligations such as taking care of a family member who is sick, a doctor’s or dentist’s appointments, etc.

You also have the right to unpaid leaves of up to ten (10) working days for taking care of members of your close family.

How to get this benefit?

You must notify your Supervisor as to the expected duration of your leave.

Please contact us. We will help you through the process of getting a compassionate leave.

 

SICK LEAVE

You have a sick leave bank. For every 32.5h of work, you earn 2.5h of paid sick leave. Accumulated sick leaves transfer from one semester to another, up to a maximum of 38 hours.

If you have used all your paid leave hours, you can still continue to be on unpaid leave.

How to get this benefit?

You must notify your Supervisor and the Chair of your Department as to the expected duration of your leave.

The Employeur may request a medical note for any sick leave absences of more than three (3) consecutive working days.

Please contact us. We will help you through the process of getting a sick leave.

 

PREGNANCY LEAVE

You have the right to a pregnancy leave of up to seventeen (17) consecutive weeks. You can choose to start this leave at any time between the seventeenth (17th) week preceding the expected date of delivery, and the conclusion of your pregnancy.

In the unfortunate and sad circumstances where you had a miscarriage or a stillbirth, please contact us. This leave and other benefits may apply to you. We’re here to listen, and we’re here to help.

The pregnancy leave is a paid leave under the following conditions:

  1. If the leave occurs while you are working, you receive the lesser of the remaining hours of your contract or the equivalent of 75h at your wage rate.
  2. If the leave occurs while you are not working but you are entitled to a contract as per your job security rights, you might be entitled to receive a salary as if you were working. Contact us, we will figure this out with you.

Please note that if you are entitled to collect Employment Insurance benefits, the University will reduce its payments accordingly.

How to get this benefit?

You must present a medical certificate attesting to your expected date of delivery to Health Services. You must also submit them a written notice at least two (2) weeks before the leave, except if your doctor states that this deadline cannot be observed.

 

PARENTAL LEAVE

If you have completed thirteen (13) weeks of employment, you have the right to an unpaid parental leave following the birth of your child or the coming of a child into your custody for the first time. This leave lasts for up to thirty-five (35) weeks if you also took a pregnancy leave, and thirty-seven (37) weeks otherwise.

How to get this benefit?

Please contact us. We will help you through the process of getting a parental leave.

 

GENDER REASSIGNMENT LEAVE

You have the right to up to one (1) month of paid leave in order to undergo the medical procedure(s) related to gender reassignment.

How to get this benefit?

You must present a medical certificate to Health Services, which will then advise the hiring Faculty/Department that this is a legitimate health related leave.

Please contact us or have someone contact us on your behalf. We will help you through the process of getting a gender reassignment leave. Any information that you share with us will remain confidential.

FREE PARKING

This benefit makes it easier for union members to work on campus during weekends and holidays.

How to get this benefit?

You have access to free parking on campus for every academic year (September to August) in which you are a member of CUPE 2626. You need to get an identification label, which is issued by Human Resources (550 Cumberland, Room 019), put on your student ID card.

Once you have your identification label, can get a parking permit from uOttawa’s parking services (139 Louis Pasteur, Room 133). This permit will entitle you to park in University of Ottawa parking lots not reserved for pay-and-display or parking meters, at any time on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

SOFTWARE REBATE

This benefit contribues to reduce the cost of acquiring Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, etc.), by letting you purchase it under the University’s Microsoft License.

How to get this benefit?

You have access to the software rebate for Microsoft Office if you worked 130 hours or more during an academic year (September to August). You also need to get an identification label, which is issued by Human Resources, put on your student ID card.

For all the details about the purchasing procedure, please see uOttawa’s Microsoft Home Use Program webpage.

Questions? Contact us at info@2626.ca.