UTGSU Digest: Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques & Opposition to the University Mandated Leave of Absence Policy – November 16, 2017

November 16th, 2017

Digest1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
3. Opposition to the University Mandated Leave of Absence Policy
4. Resources and Supports About Graduate Supervision
5. Reserve the UTGSU Gym for December
6. Students for Greater Transit Access
7. Queer Caucus Gaymes Night
8. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
9. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 Elections
10. Hiring a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council

 

1. UTGSU Annual General Meeting
Every year, the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) holds an Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Membership to review Union finances, to oversee Bylaw changes, and to set directives for the UTGSU with regard to policies, positions, and services. The UTGSU Annual General Meeting for 2017 will take place on Monday, December 4th, 2017 at 6:10pm in Koffler House Room 108 (569 Spadina Crescent). Pizza and a soft drink will be provided on a first come, first serve basis starting at 5:45pm. Any UTGSU Member may submit a motion for consideration at the Annual Meeting. Motions must be submitted in writing to the General Council Chair chair@utgsu.ca and the Internal Commissioner internal@utgsu.ca no later than ten (10) days before the Annual Meeting. This year’s deadline for motions will be Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5:00pm, which will be included in the package of motions sent out on November 27. More information at: www.utgsu.ca/agm.

2. Health and Dental Insurance Opt-Out Cheques
The Health and Dental Insurance opt out cheques will be mailed out the week of November 27. Direct Deposit reimbursements will be made the week of November 20. You should have received an application number after you opted-out. That is your confirmation that your opt-out went through, and, if there are any discrepancies, please send an email to: health@utgsu.ca and refer to the confirmation number and your student number and the Health and Dental Office will investigate your opt-out.

3. Opposition to the University Mandated Leave of Absence Policy
The University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union (UTGSU) Executive Committee opposes the proposed “University Mandated Leave of Absence” Policy in its current form. Graduate students are fortunate to have a voluntary leave of absence implemented at The School of Graduate Studies. However, a mandatory absence does not help graduate students seek specific accommodations to help them complete their program in a timely manner. Moving forward, the Executive Committee will be asking the University Affairs Board to act on multiple items before moving forward with the implementation of the policy. The full statement from the Executive Committee can be found here: Opposition to the University Mandated Leave of Absence Policy (Statement).

4. Resources and Supports About Graduate Supervision
If you’re in a research-stream program, supervision can be the most defining experience of your graduate career. Where can you look for information about supervision, or find additional support if you need it? Consult this new fact sheet developed by the UTGSU and School of Graduate Studies: Graduate Supervisor‐Student Relationships, Resources & Supports.

5. Reserve the UTGSU Gym for December
To reserve a one-hour timeslot for the UTGSU Gym for the month of December, send an email to gym@utgsu.ca on November 24 starting at 10am with: your name, student number, list of players and their names and student numbers, the desired day and timeslot for bookings. Daytime usage is reserved for quiet activities such as meditation and singles badminton. Graduate students can reserve the gym for basketball from 5-6pm or 6-7pm and then drop-in recreational basketball is from 7-11pm. Friday evenings for doubles badminton. On December 11 from 5-11pm there is drop-in volleyball at the recreation and intermediate levels, on  December 12 from 5-7pm there is drop-in volleyball at the competitive level and on December 13, one-hour timeslots from 5-11pm can be booked for volleyball. Please note, the UTGSU gym will close for the Winter Break on Friday, December 15, 2017.

6. Students for Greater Transit Access
The UTGSU is working closely with TTCRiders, and CFS-Ontario to campaign for greater public transit access across Ontario. Fill out the provincial transit survey as your feedback will help inform our public transit campaign by shaping and backing up what we call on decision-makers to do to build better transit services. The survey can be found at: www.cfsontario.ca/transit-survey and more information on the campaign at: Students for Greater Transit Access Campaign Launch.

7. Queer Caucus Gaymes Night
The UTGSU Queer Caucus is proud to present Gaymes Night on November 28, 2017 from 6:30pm to 9pm in the Hart House South Sitting Room (7 Hart House Circle, St. George Campus). Join them for a night of board games, snacks, and general merriment before exam season comes. While organized by the UTGSU Queer Caucus, queer students from across U of T are all welcome- feel free to invite your friends! The space is accessible to wheelchairs and scooters, and there is an all gender washroom available. No identities assumed! E-mail questions to queer@utgsu.ca, and join the official Facebook group: UTGSU Queer Caucus.

8. Win $250 with the UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary
The Fall Conference Bursary is live and open until November 30, 2017. If you plan to attend or present at a conference between January 1 and June 30, 2018, you can apply for a single $250 bursary at: UTGSU Fall Conference Bursary. There will be no exceptions made to the dates outlined above. If you have any additional questions, please contact finance@utgsu.ca.

9. Hiring a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 Elections
The UTGSU is seeking to hire a Chief Returning Officer for the 2018 UTGSU Elections. Prior election experience at any level, experience in volunteer/staff management, and excellent organizational and interpersonal skills are all assets. Candidates must be present on the St.George campus during the election period in the Winter Semester. Remuneration is $20/hour. The Chief Returning Officer can expect to work up to approximately 100 hours total from December 2017 to March 2018, working a number of those hours during the February 2018 election period.
Interested candidates should send a relevant CV and Cover Letter stating your qualifications addressed to the Nominating Committee in one document to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca by Friday, November 24, 2017 at 5pm. Any questions should be directed to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

10. Hiring a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council
The UTGSU is currently seeking to hire a Secretary for the UTGSU General Council (Board of Directors) meetings. This job requires recording the minutes of Council meetings running from January until April. Applicants must be available to work the following evenings starting at 5pm and ending sometime between 8pm-11pm: December 4, 2017 (training), January 29, 2018, February 26, 2018, March 26 2018, and April 23, 2018. The Secretary will be expected to edit the minutes in collaboration with UTGSU Staff, respond to emails regularly, and create a set of meeting highlights for the UTGSU website. Previous experience with UTGSU General Council meetings will be considered as an asset to this position. The remuneration is $200.00 per meeting. To apply for the position, send your CV to Sarah at hiring@utgsu.ca by Friday, November 24, 2017, at 5pm. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

 

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