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Call for AESES-UW Negotiation Committee Nominations – Deadline May 22, 2024

Wednesday, May 8th, 2024

With the current collective agreement at The University of Winnipeg expiring on March 29, 2025, AESES is in the process of forming its Negotiation Committee at UW, in preparation for the start of the bargaining process.

The purpose of the Negotiation Committee is to evaluate, select and prioritize proposals submitted by AESES members and internal stakeholders.

If you would like to be considered for nomination for the Negotiation Committee, please find two other members in your district to sign the nomination form and submit it. Or if you are aware of a member in your district who you feel would represent you well in this capacity, please nominate them. Each district can elect a maximum of two (2) representatives to the Negotiation Committee.

Paper nomination forms can be mailed to AESES c/o Mail Room, The University of Winnipeg, or fax your completed form to 204-949-5215. You may also submit a scanned copy by email to The deadline for receipt of nominations is Wednesday, May 22, 2024.

Thank you for your ongoing support and we are looking forward to seeing some new faces on the AESES-UW Negotiation Committee!

Join Us for Our Members’ Day Lunch

Monday, April 15th, 2024

Nutritionists still say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so important that is why we are serving it during our Members’ Day lunches.

Join us for the 2024 AESES Members’ Day Lunches for your second breakfast of the day with mini pastries, scrambled eggs, pan-fried potatoes, bacon, sausage, pancakes, fruit and juices, coffee and tea.

University of Manitoba – Bannatyne Campus

  • May 1, 12:00 – 1:00 pm and 1:00 – 2:00 pm
    Buhler Atrium

    The deadline to register was April 24, 2024

The University of Winnipeg

  • May 15, 12:00 – 1:00 pm and 1:00 – 2:00 pm
    Riddell Hall

    The deadline to register was May 1, 2024

University of Manitoba – Fort Garry Campus

  • May 21, 12:00 – 1:00 pm and 1:00 – 2:00 pm
    MPR, UMSU University Centre

    The deadline to register was May 8, 2024
Register here!

No foolin’, it’s April! Read the newest issue of insideAESES!

Monday, April 1st, 2024

insideAESES April 2024No foolin’, it’s April! Along with the change in the month, here’s the newest issue of insideAESES!

Grab a chocolate Easter egg and take a few moments to read this issue, which includes:

  • A message from AESES president Chris McCann
  • Cosmic Bingo Bowling Night recap
  • Questions about time-off entitlements for dealing with a family member’s death
  • A notice about the Member Communication Survey
  • Annual General Meeting details
  • Details about joining the UM Retirees Association
  • Information about the UM Employees Scholarship
  • Ongoing union and member grievances

View the April issue and previous ones here.

Upcoming AESES AGM – April 9

Tuesday, March 19th, 2024

AESES 2023 AGM Annual Report CoverWe invite all our signed* union members to attend the 51st AESES Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. The meeting will take place via videoconference using Zoom at 7:00 pm.

The AGM allows our executive team and committee chairs to review AESES financials with attendees, speak about the union’s activities, explain how our programs can benefit our membership, and preside over a question period.

Join us on April 9 to meet the people behind the decision-making process for spending your union dues and learn more about our programs and services. There will also be time for asking questions.

Special guest, the Honourable Renée Cable, Minister of Advanced Education and Training, will bring greetings from the Provincial government before our meeting.

Please visit our event page to learn more and to register for the AGM.


*Please note that only signed AESES members are permitted to participate in the AGM and vote on arising issues.

Help Shape the Future of AESES Member Communications

Friday, March 15th, 2024

AESES is looking to improve their communications with members. To help us do this, we need to know more about you, our members. Your feedback is valuable to ensure we use the most effective channels to engage with you. As a thank you, after submitting the survey, you have the option to enter a draw for a chance to win an AESES-branded laptop backpack.

A link to a survey was sent to members on March 15. If you didn’t receive it, please send an email to to request it. The survey closes on April 15, 2024.

Thanks for your help in shaping the future of AESES member communications!

Upcoming Brown Bag Sessions

Monday, February 26th, 2024

A brown lunch bag with the AESES logo on it.Join us for a general discussion on issues and concerns faced by members, including clarification of collective agreement articles, your rights and the responsibilities of your employer. This is your opportunity to meet the AESES Labour Team and your Board Reps, and to have your union-related questions answered. Feel free to bring your lunch. Registration is required.

Visit our registration page for dates and times.

Sold Out! Cosmic Glow Bowling Night!

Thursday, February 22nd, 2024

Glow bowling

Join AESES members, friends, and families for a fun evening of glow bowling, food, and prizes!!

Date: Friday, March 22, 2024
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Location: Billy Mosienko Lanes, 1136 Main Street (Lower level)
Cost: $9 per person

Everyone is welcome to attend!

Cost includes bowling, shoe rental, pizza, and pop!

Prizes will be awarded to the winning team after each of the three rounds. Winners can only win once during the night.

There are 60 spots available with six (6) people per team. Spots are not guaranteed without accompanying payment. Payment can be through an e-Transfer or cash (or cheque) dropped off at our office.

You can register individually or as a team. Individuals will be assigned to a team before the evening.

Pizza and pop will be offered buffet style, with the following selections: Cheese, Pepperoni, Hawaiian, Supreme (green pepper, onion, pepperoni), and Vegetarian (tomato, onion, green pepper). Additional food and beverages are available for purchase.

The registration deadline is 11:59 pm, March 20, 2024, or until all spots are gone.

 Thank you for your interest. All spots have been claimed! 


Spots Remaining
There are 0 spots remaining out of 60 as of February 23, 7:55 am.

Extra, Extra: insideAESES Newsletter (December 2023)

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023

Welcome to December! Yes, that’s correct, December. While it doesn’t look like December with the lack of snow, it does signify the last insideAESES issue of the year. 

Before you continue your holiday shopping/baking/celebrating grab an egg-nog-filled Moose Mug and take a few moments to read about:

  • A message from AESES president Chris McCann
  • Invitation to the AESES Holiday Open House – December 15, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Photos from the Children’s Christmas Party
  • The Rogers Sugar Strike
  • The final 50 for 50 Contest Winners
  • New AESES appointments
  • 2024 AESES Draft Budget
  • Family Care Resources and more

View the December issue and previous ones here.

Happy holidays, and see you at our Open House on December 15th!

Email to AESES-UM Members – UM Pension Plan Change 

Tuesday, November 14th, 2023

November 14, 2023

To: All AESES-UM Members

By now, you should have received an email from the University advising of an upcoming change to the UM Pension Plan (1993), if you did not see it in your email Friday, check your Junk Mail folder. The email laid out the reason why this necessary change is required and advised employees that there will be no diminishment of their pension entitlement. AESES has been directly involved in the discussions and wants to assure our members that this is indeed the case.  

In 2019, the University notified AESES and the other union and retiree stakeholders at the UM Staff Benefits Committee that it was necessary to make changes to the “1993 Pension Plan” to ensure it remained compliant with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) rules, and to ensure that retirement annuities could continue to be funded on a long-term basis. This “1993 Pension Plan” is the one that all current members participate in, even if you were just hired. After several special meetings of the Staff Benefits Committee in 2019 and 2020, AESES partnered with UMFA. Together we retained our own external legal and actuarial professionals to ensure the CRA required changes were necessary and implemented properly. While we recognized to come into compliance with CRA rules that changes were necessary, we wanted to ensure the preservation of our members’ existing pension benefits. The counsel we retained engaged with the University’s pension plan administrators and not only protected our interests but was integral to devising a solution that maintained the flexibility and benefits of our pension with guarantees members would see no diminishment of benefit. 

Following our recent Staff Benefits Committee meeting on Monday, November 6, the committee has now recommended that the proposed changes we helped craft be accepted and they have now been referred to the Board of Governors for approval. The plan amendments are expected to be implemented in 2024. 

The University has provided contact information for the Pension Office should you have any questions about the plan change. However, if you would like to speak with someone from the AESES Business Office regarding this, contact our Labour Relations Officer, Lorne Hilton (, who has been central to this process.  

Thank you, 

Chris McCann
AESES President

AESES Fall Education Seminars – Register today!

Tuesday, October 10th, 2023

Fall Education Seminars

The AESES Education Committee would like to offer members seven seminars to help you warm up to fall!

Registration is now open. Choose to register for one, two or more!

  • Frescolio Fine Oil and Vinegar Tasting Bar | Wed., Oct. 25 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm FULL
  • Winnipeg Art Gallery Tour – Inuit Sanaugangit & Indigenous Stories Through Art | Sat., Nov. 4 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm
  • Learn New Board Games | Tue., Nov. 7 | 6:00 – 9:00 pm
  • About Wills and Power of Attorney | Thu., Nov. 16 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm FULL
  • Taking Action on Climate Change | Tue., Nov. 21 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm  CANCELLED
  • Holiday Card Making | Wed., Nov. 29 | 7:00 – 9:00 pm FULL
  • Baton Twirling Workshop | Wed., Dec. 6 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm CANCELLED

Thank you for your interest. All of our seminar dates have either passed or are full.

Did you know

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

AESES' Charter Meeting was held in December of 1972.

We offer bursaries for AESES dependents 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.