The following questions will be put for vote to the PGSS membership starting March 13, 2017.
PGSS REFERENDUM QUESTIONS PASSED BY PGSS COUNCIL, FEBRUARY 2017
Question 1: Health and Dental Insurance Plan Cost Renewal (1 of 2)
Do you agree that the PGSS Health and Dental fee be renewed for 5 years beginning September 2017 and ending August 2022, at an annually adjusted rate not exceeding the cap amount of $265.00 for the health insurance component of the plan considering there are increases to the benefits and not exceeding the cap amount of $210.00 for the dental insurance component of the plan? **
**Whereas clauses form part of the question:
1) WHEREAS in order to provide the lowest price for PGSS members, the PGSS Health and Dental Insurance Plan (HDIP) is compulsory for ALL Canadian residents who are full-time and additional session PGSS members, and the dental insurance of the plan is compulsory for all full-time PGSS members. Any PGSS member may withdraw (opt-out) and be refunded the applicable fee with proof of equivalent coverage.
2) WHEREAS the following increases in benefits would apply: (a) Increase physiotherapy coverage from $30.00 to $50.00 per visit up to a maximum of $400.00 per policy year. (b) Increase psychology coverage to include Registered Clinical Counsellors and Masters of Social Work.
3) WHEREAS the PGSS Health and Dental Plan premiums will be negotiated on a yearly basis, without exceeding the cap amount approved in this question.
Health and Dental Insurance Plan Cost Renewal (2 of 2)
If you are in support of the HDIP renewal for 2017-2018, do you agree to an additional charge of $8.66 included into the existing PGSS Dental cap amount in order to provide an increase in Dental Preventative Services to 70% resulting in a 100% coverage when a dental clinic is chosen from the Dental Network list?**
**The maximum cap that cannot be exceeded will change from $210.00 to $219.00 for the annual adjusted rate of the dental insurance component.
YES or NO
Question 2: Thomson House Upkeep Fee (PGSP) Description Change
Do you agree to modify the description of the PGSS Thomson House Upkeep Fee (PGSP), without changing the amount, to the following "This fee is for the purpose of financing the maintenance by the PGSS of the David Thomson House Graduate Student Centre which is the home of the PGSS. This fee is to be used for physical maintenance and improvements of Thomson House building, furniture, and grounds that enhance members' experience. This fee is levied equally from every PGSS regular member on a per semester (fall & winter) basis. The fee has no end date and is not opt-outable. Any changes to the fee can only be made following a referendum of PGSS members conducted by the Post-Graduate Students' Society."
YES or NO
Footnote: Previously the PGSS Thomson House Upkeep Fee was "not for the purpose of capital investments or leasehold improvements." The current description of the PGSS Thomson House Upkeep Fee prevents the PGSS from accessing the funds for maintaining Thomson House building, furniture, and grounds.