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AESES-UM Bargaining (2019)

July 31, 2019

AESES and the University have held weekly bargaining sessions which commenced in mid-April and concluded at the end of June. The sessions were a mix of half-days and full-days and were conducted in the Interest-Based Negotiation (IBN) format along with guidance from a third-party facilitator.

The process is more time consuming; however, this was expected due to utilizing the IBN format. Unlike traditional bargaining, IBN allows for thorough discussions on issues. This includes fulsome exchanges of information allowing each side to provide detailed explanations of their underlying interests. The process then moves to the brainstorming of potential solutions to those issues so that mutually agreeable resolutions can be reached.

Discussions so far have taken place around issues such as leaves relating to vacation time, sick time, maternity/parental leaves, personal leaves, and family care. Additionally, there have been conversations on professional development opportunities, critical incident protocols, and the position discontinuance process. While some matters have been dealt with, the majority of issues currently remain unresolved.

We also have yet to discuss monetary items and AESES is keenly aware of the constraints being placed on public sector employers by the provincial government. These restrictions severely inhibit the potential for monetary gains during bargaining. As a result, our members will likely experience a net salary loss when taking cost-of-living increases into consideration. Given this limitation, we are attempting to secure other important contract improvements that will be beneficial to our members.

Bargaining is currently on hold for the summer and we plan to resume meetings in the fall.

June 3, 2019

At the University of Manitoba, the AESES-UM General Membership Meeting was held on April 8th, where the bargaining proposals were approved by those in attendance. Following the membership meeting, the AESES and University bargaining teams attended Interest-Based Negotiation (IBN) training in April. From there, they have begun bargaining using the IBN format, along with a third-party facilitator. Thus far, there have been several full-day bargaining sessions and both sides have presented their issues and interests for thorough discussion.

April 1, 2019

At the University of Manitoba, the Bargaining Team is working on finalizing the dates for the start of their bargaining process with the employer, likely to take place this spring.

December 3, 2018

At the University of Manitoba the work of the AESES-UM Negotiation Committee is now complete and a Bargaining Team has been struck, consisting of seven members and two alternates. Team members include:

  • Member: Will Christie (IST)
  • Member: Ilka Cudmore (C.H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources)
  • Member: Patti Dickieson (Kinesiology)
  • Member: Chris McCann (IST)
  • Member: Rob Parker (Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts)
  • Member: Melinda Sasek (Kinesiology)
  • Alternate: Rob Dvorski (IST)
  • Alternate: Matt Trump (Security Services)
  • President: Laurie Morris (Philosophy)
  • AESES Executive Director: Lisa McKendry
  • AESES Labour Relations Officer: Lorne Hilton
  • AESES Member Services Officer: Colleen Thompson

The AESES-UM Bargaining Team has just started to meet to finalize the proposals and arrange them into a format for eventual presentation to the membership for their approval.
The team’s aim is to negotiate a new contract which best reflects the interests of our membership!

October 1, 2018

Over at the University of Manitoba, the AESES-UM Negotiation Committee continues to meet on a weekly basis. The team is in the process of discussing and reviewing all potential proposals which were submitted by members for consideration, as well as those developed by the AESES Business Office, in order to negotiate a new contract which best reflects the interests of our membership.

There are a large number of proposals to go through, so the work of this committee will continue throughout October, and possibly November, before a Bargaining Team is elected.

The current 4-year Collective Agreement with the University of Manitoba expires in April 2019.

August 1, 2018

The current 4-year Collective Agreement with the University of Manitoba is set to expire on April 5, 2019. A Negotiation Committee was recently formed, with the following members elected by acclamation as representatives to a position on the AESES-UM Negotiation Committee:

District 3: Gloria Saindon (Registrar’s Office)
District 4: Patti Dickieson (Kinesiology)
District 4: Melinda Sasek (Kinesiology)
District 5: Shannon Wiebe (Natural Resources Institute)
District 6: Will Christie (IST)
District 6: Ilka Cudmore (C.H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources)
District 7: Gerry Strom (Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts)
District 7: Rob Dvorski (IST)
District 8: Rob Parker (Dean’s Office, Faculty of Arts)
District 8: Tony Wong (IST)
District 30: Heather Brownlee (Dentistry)
District 35: Andrew Lund (Dean’s Office, Medicine)
President: Laurie Morris (Philosophy)
Executive Appt: Lorna Cameron (Music Library
Executive Appt: Chris McCann (IST)
Executive Appt: Matt Trump (Security Services)
Executive Appt: Justin Wilson (Philanthropy)
AESES Executive Director: Lisa McKendry
AESES Labour Relations Officer: Lorne Hilton
AESES Member Services Officer: Colleen Thompson

The team has begun meeting to discuss and review potential proposals, as submitted by the membership and the AESES Business Office, working on your behalf to negotiate a new contract which best reflects the interests of our membership.

July 31, 2018

With the current collective agreement expiring on April 5, 2019, AESES has now formed its Negotiation Committee at UM, in preparation for the start of the bargaining process.

As part of the process, we invited all AESES-UM members to submit suggested negotiation proposals and changes to our current collective agreement (available for download here).

Thanks to all those who have already submitted their suggestions. We would like to provide a further opportunity for proposals to be submitted. The new deadline to do so is August 24, 2018. The proposal form can be downloaded here.

Proposals can be mailed in to AESES, c/o Mailroom, University of Manitoba. They can also be submitted by email to aeses@aeses.ca with the subject line ‘Negotiation Proposals,’ or by fax to 204-949-5215.

May 17, 2018

Please be reminded that tomorrow, May 18, is the deadline to receive nominations for members to join the AESES-UM Negotiation Committee. In preparation for starting our bargaining process with UM, we are still looking for more members to join our team. Take a moment to read through this document and if interested, fill in the nomination form on page 2.

Please contact the AESES business office with any questions at aeses@aeses.ca or 204-949-5200.

May 2, 2018

AESES is preparing to start the bargaining process at UM in light of our current collective agreement expiring on April 5, 2019. As such,  the nomination process for members to join the AESE​S​-UM Negotiation Committee is now open. The deadline to receive nominations is May 18, 2018. The nomination form appears on page 2 of this document.
We also invite all members to submit suggested amendments to our current collective agreement (available for download here) and negotiation proposals. The deadline to do so is June 8, 2018. The proposal form appears on page 4 of this document.​ Proposals can also be submitted by email to aeses@aeses.ca with the subject line ‘Negotiation Proposals.’​

Did you know

AESES is affiliated with the Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU).

AESES' Charter Meeting was held in December of 1972.

We offer scholarships for AESES dependants at both universities.

Anyone can attend a Board meeting by calling the AESES Business Office prior to the meeting and confirming their attendance.

AESES requires new volunteers for various committees. Please contact the Business Office if you are an AESES member interested in joining one of our committees.