Benefits Overview

By Louise Harrison

Did you join our September GMM and hear from Janet McHugh from the UBC Benefits Team? Whether you joined or not, we’ve put together an overview here of new and existing benefits at UBC. We also wanted to highlight some fabulous benefits and the work of our members on getting these into our collective agreement!

You can view the slides from Janet’s presentation here

Did you know…

AUCE 1 was the first union in Canada to get top up for maternity leave. Read more about AUCE 1’s work on negotiation maternity leave benefits here: AUCE Local 1 Booklet.pub (labourheritagecentre.ca)

Susanne Lester was an integral piece in this work and in our union as a whole. Susanne sadly passed away in 2020. You can read more about Susanne’s work below:

And we did it! By Susanne Lester, Koerner Library

CUPE 2950 launches local history project at UBC

A union for Working Women at UBC – AUCE 1 (Vimeo)

New Benefits

Sustainable Transportation Initiative Pilot Project

Launched in October 2023 for pay grades 1-3. Please visit this page for more information: CUPE 2950 Sustainable Transportation Initiative Pilot Project ┬╗ CUPE 2950

Extended Health Benefits

Effective January 1, 2023 (must be enrolled in the Extended Health Plan)

  • Prescription drugs for the treatment of infertility (no annual maximum)
  • Fertility procedures (ie: physician and lab services, genetic testing, expenses related
    to the egg/embryo/sperm, etc) up to $40,000 per lifetime
  • Surrogacy medical benefits (ie: physician and lab services, genetic testing, expenses
    related to the egg/embryo/sperm, etc) up to $50,000 per lifetime, per family
  • Surrogacy non-medical (wellness) benefits (ie: obtaining medical records,
    midwife/doula, prenatal specific fitness class, etc) up to $2,000 per lifetime, per family
  • Adoption expenses (ie: legal fees, agency fees, criminal record checks, etc.) up to
    $50,000 per lifetime, per family
  • Gender affirmation (ie: includes coverage for procedures not covered under the
    provincial health plan) up to $50,000 per member

UBC HR Article: New family building, accessibility, and gender-affirmation benefits added to improve equitable access to coverage for extended health plan members | UBC Human Resources

Benefits at UBC

CUPE 2950 members are eligible for the full benefits package if you work at least 17.5 hours per week with an appointment of at least 12 months in length.

There are many benefits available to you as a CUPE 2950 Member at UBC: