Queen's and the United Steelworkers ("USW") have agreed that 2 cents per hour for all compensated hours will be deducted from the pay of USW bargaining unit members on a monthly basis and will be contributed to the USW Humanity Fund (Article 26.02 of the collective agreement). This is a charitable organization and the amount deducted will be reported on annual T-4 slips as a charitable contribution. Per the collective agreement, current USW bargaining unit members can opt out of this payroll deduction provided that they do so, in writing, on or before December 5th, 2012. Human Resources has created a standard opt-out Form that employees can use if they wish to opt out of the payroll deduction. The deduction will be taken monthly starting with the September 30, 2012 pay unless an opt-out Form is submitted. More details about the process are outlined on the Form.
There is a similar opt-out form available for NEW hires and employees who become members of the USW bargaining unit after August 7, 2012.