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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!

AESES Fall Education Seminars – Register today!

Tuesday, September 13th, 2022

The AESES Education Committee would like to offer members seven seminars to help you breeze into fall.

  • Learn to Belly Dance | Mon., Sept. 26 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada Tour | Sat., Oct. 1 | 1:00 – 2:30 pm FULL
  • Sick Leave Myths and the Medical Accommodation Process (Virtual) | Mon., Oct. 17 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm FULL
  • Royal Tyrrell Museum Tour (Virtual) | Thu., Nov. 10 | 7:00 – 7:45 pm
  • West Coast Swing Dance | Tue., Nov. 15 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Introduction to Hula Hooping | Thu., Nov. 24 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Cooking with Nancy, Butter Chicken with Naan Bread | Tue., Dec. 6 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm FULL

Visit our registration page to learn more and to register.

Summer Greetings and Reflection on Canada Day

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

Empty red chair on a summer dayJuly 1st is Canada Day, the first day of the long weekend that starts off summer and provides us with a chance to enjoy time with family and friends. We have all endured a long, cold winter and very wet spring and have been rewarded with the start of our beautiful Manitoba summers. There have been many challenges over the past two years, and looking back at what we have accomplished, we can be proud. We deserve the opportunity to disconnect from work and enjoy our time.

Canada Day for many is an opportunity to celebrate our life in this nation and the rights and freedoms that we have worked hard to secure for ourselves and our fellow citizens. We also need to be respectful of Indigenous peoples, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis and their role in Canadian history. Our country was built on land its original inhabitants did not formally relinquish. Acknowledging this truth allows us to recognize the historic wrongs that continue to have an impact today.

To celebrate respectfully, I find wisdom in a quote from federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh from 2018 where he said “We cannot mark this day without a solemn and respectful acknowledgement of our history if we are to truly move towards reconciliation and justice. On this Canada Day, let us celebrate the values we continuously aim to aspire to, while remembering the past and committing to working for a brighter future for all.”

In working towards that brighter future, we acknowledge the historic injustices, but we must also be aware of current assaults on the rights and freedoms we value today. Unions and their members have been at the forefront of protecting the rights of workers and citizens in their communities. I encourage AESES members to stand up for the values they feel are important, share their voices and participate in making a difference.

I wish everyone a great and rejuvenating summer.

In Solidarity,

Chris McCann
AESES President

AESES-UM Bargaining Update – October 28, 2021

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

AESES has been able to meet with the University over the past few months to resume our bargaining discussions. Due to the protracted process, AESES requested a comprehensive offer and on October 7, the University provided the AESES Bargaining Team with a package to consider on behalf of our membership. Read more.

Extra, Extra: insideAESES Newsletter (October 2021)

Friday, October 1st, 2021

Welcome to October! The warm temperatures sure do not make it feel like fall, but soon it will be time to pull those flannel shirts and cozy blankets out from storage.

Grab a pumpkin spice beverage or snack and take a few moments to read the latest edition of insideAESES. Inside this issue, you will find:

  • A message from Laurie Morris, AESES President, including an update on the AESES-UM temporary layoff and recall grievances
  • A report about the AESES Town Halls
  • A FAQ to common questions relating to the vaccine mandates and return to work
  • A reminder about the upcoming Fall Education Seminars
  • Ongoing union and member grievances
  • A call for AESES Constitution and Bylaw changes

View the October issue and previous ones here.

Bursary Opportunities – Deadline October 1, 2021

Friday, September 24th, 2021

Bursary written on a chalkboardOctober 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.

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

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


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.

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.

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