AESES Message to Our Members: COVID-19
AESES is aware that many of you are experiencing a lot of anxiety regarding COVID-19 and how the universities are handling this pandemic. It is a very stressful time for us all.
As you know, the University of Manitoba and The University of Winnipeg, along with the Provincial Government, have been updating the community with regard to COVID-19 and preventative measures that are being taken to reduce the spread of the virus. We wanted to inform and assure our AESES members that we have been in contact with both universities as of last week to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on our members’ health and their employment.
We know that our members have many questions surrounding the precautionary measures that are being taken, what your role and responsibilities are and if your pay will be impacted by any absences or closures – whether at the university and/or with the public schools. Please know that we are attempting to get answers to these questions and will inform our members once we have more information. Although we have received brief replies from both institutions, we are still awaiting a more comprehensive discussion and sharing of information.
All AESES members should be following the direction provided by your university, the Province of Manitoba, and Health Canada. This includes practicing social distancing and regular hand-washing. Most importantly, be sure to self-isolate if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and contact Health Links. Both universities have indicated they are recommending working from home where this is possible. If you feel you are in a position where remote work is feasible, be sure to discuss this option with your supervisor.
Please know that AESES is working very hard to keep your interests at the top of everyone’s mind. The situation is changing hourly and it is a challenge to stay abreast of the changing messages and instructions that are being relayed. Nevertheless, we have every intention of continuing to push the employers to keep our members’ interests and well-being at the forefront.