Every three years the GSA enters renegotiations with the City for a new contract for the upcoming three years. The below represents the four questions the GSA will be bringing to students via referenda. The current rate of the HSR bus pass is $294.15. Voting NO to this referendum means Graduate Students are voting to not accept the agreement and not have a pass for Fall next year.
VOTING TAKE PLACE: February 13th 10:00am- February 15th- 6:00pm. All eligible voters will receive an email with voting details before the election (please check your McMaster emails)!
- Full time students (Fall)
Do you agree to an increase in the FT graduate student Bus Pass mandatory student fee, for the following three years $302.35 in 2023/2024, $307.95 in 2024/2025, and $313.54 in 2025/2026.
2. Full time students (Winter)
Do you agree to reducing the FT graduate student Bus Pass for January starts; whereas, historically they were charged 100% of the cost of the FT fall (September fee). Though Access was for 8 months. This would result in a cost to students of 66.66% FT fall fee, a decrease of 33.34 % of the FT fee?
For example, the FT fall Buss Pass is $302.35 in 2023/2024 then FT winter students (January starts) will be charged a prorated fee of $201.57 for January 2024. (2/3 of the FT fall UCTP fee)
3. Full time students (Summer)
Do you agree to the establishment of a mandatory student fee of 33.34% the cost of the FT Fall Bus Pass for FT graduate students starting in May? Historically, this group did not have access to any Buss Pass. For example, the FT fall bus pass is $302.35 in 2023/2024 then FT Summer students (May starts) will be charged $100.78 for May 2024. (1/3 of the FT fall UCTP fee)
4. Co-op students
Do you agree FT Co-op students at the respective rate (depending on start), with an ability to opt-out for those students on co-op outside of the city of Hamilton? Prorated fee for the remainder of the year the student is at McMaster University.
VOTING NO- means that Graduate Students will not have access to the UPASS (HSR) pass (and the discounted rates herein).
Any questions or concerns should be brought to the attention of Macgsa@mcmaster.ca