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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.

AESES Children’s Christmas Party

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023

It’s almost that time of year! The AESES Activities Committee is excited to announce the annual Children’s Christmas party.

Sunday, December 3, 2023
1:00 – 4:00 pm
University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus
MPR, 220-224 UMSU University Centre

The registration deadline was October 30, 2023. No late registrations or walk-ups at the door will be accepted.

Are you looking to volunteer?
The Committee is also looking for volunteers to help during the event. Please visit this volunteer form to advise us that you want to volunteer.

Bursary Opportunities – Deadline October 2023

Thursday, August 10th, 2023

piggy bank with grad hatOctober 1 is fast approaching, and it is also the deadline for the AESES Bursary and the CCU/CSC John St-Amand / Madeleine Parent Bursary. To ensure your dependent child is included in the selection process, please apply before the deadline.

AESES Bursary

Dependent children (who are under 25 years of age prior to enrollment in the current academic year) of signed AESES members studying at either The University of Winnipeg (UW) or the University of Manitoba (UM) may be eligible to apply for one of our $1,000 bursaries. The deadline for both UW and UM is October 1, 2023.

Details for UW Students

Three $1,000 bursaries are available at UW. More information is available here: UW’s Office of Awards and Financial Aid. Apply here:

Details for UM Students

Seven $1,000 bursaries are available at UM. More information and to apply is available here: UM’s Financial Aid and Awards Office. The application form is available here: under “Bursaries requiring application”


CCU/CSC John St-Amand Bursary and Madeleine Parent Bursary

The Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU/CSC) provides annual bursaries of $1,000 for dependent children of members of unions belonging to the CCU/CSC to further their post-secondary education.

Visit John St-Amand / Madeleine Parent Bursary page for more information and to apply. The deadline is October 9, 2023.

Extra, Extra: insideAESES Newsletter (June 2023)

Monday, June 5th, 2023

Welcome to June! Just like the blazing heat, another issue of insideAESES is coming at you! 

Grab a nice cold beverage and take a few moments to cool down and read about:

  • A message from AESES president Chris McCann
  • AGM, Volunteers’ Appreciation Banquet, and Members’ Day Lunches recap
  • Questions about break entitlements
  • June 50 for 50 Contest
  • New AESES appointments
  • Ongoing union and member grievances

View the June issue and previous ones here.

Don’t forget the AESES 50th anniversary social is this Saturday, June 10. We only have a small number of tickets left available to purchase. Learn more at Visit and follow our new Instagram account to see some of the silent auction prizes up for grabs!

Finalized AESES-UW Collective Agreement is Available Online

Wednesday, April 12th, 2023

The new AESES-UW Collective Agreement (valid from September 22, 2019, to March 29, 2025) is available online in our Collective Agreements section.

If you have questions regarding the publication, please send a message to or call 204-949-5200.

Tragedy in the Middle East: Massive Earthquakes Devastate Turkey and Syria

Tuesday, February 7th, 2023

A row of lit candlesThe earthquakes that recently struck Turkey and Syria have caused widespread destruction and loss of life. Reports now indicate that over 7,400 people have died, and many more have been injured or are missing. The initial earthquake was one of the strongest to hit the region in a century and was felt as far away as Lebanon and Israel.

We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and extend our sincere condolences to all those affected by the disaster. Our thoughts are with our AESES members who may have family and friends in the region during this difficult time. The loss of life and destruction is heartbreaking, and we hope for a swift and thorough response from the authorities and rescue organizations to support those in need on site.

In solidarity,

Chris McCann
AESES President

Notice of Passing – Paul Hazelton, AESES Honourary Life Member-Past President

Monday, January 9th, 2023

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Paul Hazelton on December 25, 2022. Paul was part of the original group present at the Charter meeting on December 9, 1972, and was instrumental in the creation, growth and success of AESES over the years. As an AESES Honourary Life Member and Honourary Life Member-Past President, Paul was on the AESES Board of Representatives for an astounding 41 years from 1973 – 2014. He held the AESES President position from 1975 – 1978.

Surviving Paul are his wife Valerie, daughter Melissa (Jonny) and son Robert. His obituary and tribute wall can be found here:

More information about Paul’s accomplishments and stories of how he helped shape AESES will follow at upcoming events and in future publications.

Extra, Extra: insideAESES Newsletter (December 2022)

Wednesday, December 7th, 2022

insideAESES December 2022 coverWow, it’s cold out! You know winter is here when Jack Frost is nipping at more than your nose!

Add a bit of warmth to your day and read through the newest issue of insideAESES. Inside you will find:

  • A message from AESES president Chris McCann
  • Details about the AESES Holiday Open House on December 9
  • Photos from the Children’s Christmas Party
  • The AESES 2023 proposed budget
  • Ongoing union and member grievances

View the December issue and previous ones here.

Have a great holiday season and a Happy New Year!

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.