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Does my offer letter include:Y/N
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Minimum stipend levels? ($19,016 for half-time)
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100% tuition coverage for each semester?
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Fees coverage of at least 50% for each semester?
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Specified hours of work? (20 hours weekly for half-time)
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Compensation for being overworked?
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Performance expectations being provided prior to appointment?
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Right to grieve evaluations of my work?
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Right of me or my union steward to inspect my personnel file?
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Right to request any part of my evaluation in writing?
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Guarantee of training for teaching and/or research?
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Guarantee of a safe work environment?
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Union representation concerning wages and benefits?
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Provisions allowing the release of my employment info to COGS?
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Health insurance plan options? (UI GradCare or SHIP)
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Employer coverage of premiums? (90% for individuals, 70% for dependent coverage)
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Dental insurance with employer contributions? (85% for individuals, 70% for dependent coverage)
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Summer insurance contributions from the employer?
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UI GradCare provisions in full? (there are 39! see the current COGS contract for the list)
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Dental coverage provisions in full? (see the current COGS contract for the list!)
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Paid leave without pay deductions? (5 working days each semester, or 15 for the fiscal year)
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Sick leave without pay deductions? (13.5 days for the academic year, or 18 for the fiscal year)
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Protections for the use of sick leave for an ill family member without loss of pay?
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Protections for the use of sick leave for the death of a family member without loss of pay?
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Protections for performing jury duty without loss of pay?
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all 9 Holidays? (New Year's, MLK day, Memorial day, Independence day, Labor day, Thanksgiving
Day and the Friday following that day, Christmas Day and either the day before or after)
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Reimbursement for travel expenses related to employment?
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Protection of all benefits for the duration of the appointment?
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Affirmation of the University's human rights policy?
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Deadlines for reappointment letters? (April 15 for summer and/or fall, November 1 for spring)
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Our grievance procedure in full? (Article VIII of our current contract)
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If your offer letter does not include all these provisions, contact us immediately! Write to:
cogs@cogs.org
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