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Total Rewards for Staff (Unifor Local 5555, Unit 1)

Staff at McMaster includes non-management, non-academic employees of the University. This employee group is represented by Unifor Local 5555, Unit 1.

Total Rewards Overview

Total rewards summary for Unifor Local 5555 Unit 1 including compensation, benefits, retirement income, paid time off, and learning and development.


Compensation is detailed in the Unifor, Unit 1 Collective Agreement.


Collective Agreement – Unifor Local 5555, Unit 1

Unifor Local 5555, Unit 1 Collective Agreement 2022-2025


July 1, 2023 Benefit Updates:

  • Emergency Travel Assistance:   Effective July 1st, Sun Life Global Excel Management (GEM) replaces Allianz Global Assistance as the new provider for emergency out-of-country and out-of-province travel assistance. If you’ll be travelling outside of Ontario, it’s a good idea to have your travel card with you as it includes the telephone numbers to call in the event of a medical emergency.  On or after July 1st, you can download the new travel card on or the my Sun Life mobile app and it is also available on the HR website.  The telephone numbers to call for Emergency Travel Assistance are not changing.  For 24/7 assistance, call:
    • In the USA and Canada:  1-800-511-4610
    • From anywhere else:  1-519-514-0351
  • Heading Aid Coverage:  Effective July 1st, medical doctors, audiologists and otolaryngologists are accepted as prescribers of hearing aids.
  • Healthcare Spending Account:  Effective July 1, 2023, a Healthcare Spending Account benefit in the amount of $400 is available to employees.

Paid Time Off

Paid time off is detailed in the Unifor, Unit 1 Collective Agreement.


Deferred Salary Leave – LOU

for Unifor Local 5555


Time Management Guidelines (Unifor)

For Managers of Employees in the Unifor 5555 #1 Bargaining Unit