Flying pickets, benefit claim deadline (March 30), reminder to add to the Google doc

Flying pickets

The USFA is a member of the CAUT Defence Fund, which provides unionized Canadian academic member unions with a unified strike fund. Whenever an academic staff union that is a member of the Fund goes on strike, the Fund covers the cost of “flying pickets” to join striking member unions on the picket line. 

The following academic staff unions are currently on strike: 

  •         Association des professeurs et bibliothécaires de l’Université Sainte-Anne
  •         Acadia University Faculty Association
  •         University of Lethbridge

We are seeking a few interested members to be flying pickets for the USFA. If you are interested, or would like more information, please let us know in a reply to this email and someone will contact you.

March 30, 2022 Deadline to Submit Expense Claims to Sun Life for Health, Dental and Flexible Spending Benefit Plans

Claims for reimbursement for any expenses from any of the benefit plans must be submitted to and received by Sun Life within 90 days of the end of the calendar year in which the expense is incurred. This means that the deadline for submitting claims incurred between January 1 and December 31, 2021 is March 30, 2022Claims must be received by Sun Life by this date. Your claims can be submitted through the Sun Life website or mobile app. If submitting claims by mail, please allow a minimum of 5-7 business days for delivery. If you miss the deadline, you will not be reimbursed for your claims incurred. This deadline applies to 2021 claims made under the Dental Plan, Health Plan or Flexible Spending Program (Health Spending Account or Personal Spending Account).

REMINDER: Improving administrative processes at the U of S 

The Association is asking USFA members to assist in working to improve administrative practices at the U of S by contributing to a Google document or, if members prefer to keep their identity and/or story confidential, by reaching out to the Association directly at Many members have added their experiences to the Google document and several have contacted us directly. If you have had a difficult experience with administrative processes, please tell us about it.