Deadline for Drug and Dental Plan Claims

If you were teaching in Winter Term 2017 your health benefit coverage ends on April 30 unless you continue to be under contract in Term 1 or Quarter 1 of Spring Session. All drug and dental plan claims must be submitted to Sun Life within 90 days of the end of your teaching appointment.

If you have not already been reimbursed for covered expenses incurred between January 1 and April 30, 2017, a claim for reimbursement must be received by Sun Life on or before July 28, 2017. Log into or visit Connection Point’s Knowledge Base for more information.

Postings for Fall and Winter Teaching

Job postings for T1 (Fall) and T2 (Winter) will begin on Wednesday, May 3rd, and will continue weekly thereafter.

The postings are online from about 8:30 am Wednesday until 4:30 pm the following Tuesday.

To find postings, go to  Click on Jobs.  Click on current opportunities.  Click on All Positions in the drop-down menu.  If it asks you whether you are presently employed, say No unless you are under contract.  Scroll down to the Advanced Search option.  Click Employment Category.  Check Sessional Lecturer positions in the drop down menu.  Click the Search icon (the little magnifying glass.)

Although courses should be posted well before the start of term, last-minute postings do occur, so make a habit of checking for new posts each week.

You can also submit an early application for courses offered by your department. It’s the same form, just tick the early application box at the top. List the courses you would like to teach, in order of preference, even if you are not certain the course is to be taught on a sessional basis. If the department decides to hire a sessional at the last minute, you’ve already applied! If you want to be considered for any and all courses offered by your department, include that statement on the application.

SFL Summer Camp

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour is running a summer camp for children of union members, aged 13-16, at Manitou Lake August 27-September 1. More information and the application form is available on the SFL website:

2016 AGM and Elections

The 2016 Annual General Meeting was held on December 8, 2016 at the University Club. An end-of-term supper was held afterwards.

The new Executive elected for 2017 is:

Brian Zamulinski – President

Leslie Walter – Vice President

Rhonda Anderson – Recording Secretary

Clayton Beish – Secretary-Treasurer

Newsletter Editor – Margaret Gail Osachoff

Members-at-large – Heather Wagg

Bill Rafoss, Lisa Broda, Mary Nordick, and Joanie Crandall.

Thanks to everyone who came out!

Sessionals Note: New Health Benefits!!

Summary of the New Health, Dental and

Life Insurance Employer Proposal Eligibility

University of Saskatchewan employees in-scope of CUPE 3287 who are not eligible under the university’s other benefits programs.

Commencement of Coverage

 Effective September 1, 2016 coverage begins on the initial appointment date as stated in the letter of offer.


  1. Basic Life Insurance
  • Basic Life Insurance $30,000 during the course of the appointment(s)
  1. Dental Benefits
  • Dental Coverage – 100% of Basic Dental Coverage, member only, up to $2000 per calendar year Basic Dental Services include:
  • Preventative Dental Procedures
    • Complete exam once every three benefit years
    • Recall exam once every five months, to a maximum of two exams per benefit year
    • Emergency or specific exams limited to two per benefit year per type of exam
    • Complete series of X-rays or one panorex once every three benefit years
    • Bitewing x-ray once every five months, to a maximum of two sets per benefit year
    • Radiograph to diagnose or examine progress
    • Required consultations with another dentist
    • Polishing/cleaning and topical fluoride treatment every five months, to a maximum of two per benefit year
    • Emergency or palliative services
    • Diagnostics tests and lab exams
    • Removal of impacted teeth and anesthesia
    • Space maintainers for primary teeth
    • Pit and fissure sealants
    • Oral hygiene instruction once per benefit year
  • Basic Procedures
    • Fillings:
      • Amalgam (silver)
      • Composite (white) on all teeth o   Acrylic (replaced by composite)
    • Removal of teeth (except impacted teeth)
    • Prefab metal restorations/crowns and repairs (not custom made) A prefabricated crown that is intended for long-term use (and not in conjunction with the placement of a permanent crown) would be eligible under the plan
    • Endodontics (root canal therapy/fillings, treat disease of pulp tissue)
    • Periodontics (treatment of bone and gum disease)
    • Surgery and related anesthesia (except removal of impacted teeth)
    • Repair of bridges or dentures
    • Rebase or reline denture
  • Pre-treatment Plan

If your dentist recommends any dental procedure that is expected to cost over $500 you should have your dentist complete a pre-treatment plan. Submit this plan to the insurer and you will be advised of the benefits payable for the course of treatment. Submitting a pre-treatment plan ensures that there are no misunderstandings about what reimbursement you will received for expensive courses of treatment.

  1. Health/Drug Coverage
  • Drug Coverage for you and your dependents -100% coverage for up to a maximum of $2000 per person per calendar year subject to the drug formulary.
  • Direct pay drug card, with mandatory generic substitutions.
  1. Note: Termination of Coverage

 Coverage will cease upon the end date of the appointment as stated in the letter of offer.

For more information, contact Connections Point.

Final Edition of News from Now-Here

The final edition of News from Now-Here is now available. Our quarterly newsletter will be replaced with regular posts on our website and our Facebook page, as well as email reminders sent to our listserv. To that end, if you wish to change the email address we have on file for you, please contact the Union Office so we can update our listserv. And don’t forget to bookmark our website and ‘like’ us on Facebook!

Highlights from the latest edition of News from Now-Here include:

Office Woes–page 2

Sessional Group Life Insurance Plan–page 3

Reminders–pages 4 & 5

COCAL Conference Report–page 6

CUPE All-Sector Conference Report–page 7

AGM Agenda–page 8

We hope to see you at our AGM on December 8!

COCAL Conference Report

Clayton Beish and William Gulka attended the COCAL conference in Edmonton from August 5-7, 2016. Read their full report.

President’s Report

It is a mathematical certainty that working sessionals are worth more dead than alive.

Under the collective agreement, sessionals who die while under contract are entitled to a death benefit and an insurance pay out, which is added to whatever they had prior to their demise. However, the insurance claim must be made within 90 days of death. Make sure that you have a will and that your executor knows that you are entitled to these post-mortem benefits – for the sake of your beneficiary or your estate.

In the meantime, make plans to attend the Annual General Meeting at the University Club on Thursday, December 8th.   Meeting at 4 pm. Drinks and Dinner to follow.


Annual General Meeting and Newsletter

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 8th at 4:00 pm at the University Club. Cocktails and a complimentary dinner will follow at 6:00 pm. If you are able to attend, please RSVP by Tuesday, December 1. Contact the Union office at or (306) 966-7023 (leaving a message will suffice).

Elections will be held for Officer positions for 2016, and volunteers will be selected for academic communities.

For more information about the AGM, please see the agenda on page 10 of the attached copy of the latest edition of News from Now-Here.

Highlights include:

  • President’s Report–page 1
  • Grievance Report–page 2
  • CUPE National Convention Report–page 4
  • Reminders–pages 5-6
  • SFL Convention Report–pages 7-8
  • CHIRPS–page 9
  • AGM Agenda–page 10