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Holiday Closure – Monday, May 22, 2023

Friday, May 19th, 2023

In observation of Victoria Day, our office will be closed on Monday, May 22, 2023.

Stay safe for the long weekend.

Come Celebrate with Us on June 10th!

Wednesday, May 17th, 2023

The countdown is on to our 50th Anniversary Social!

Join us on Saturday, June 10 at the Norwood Community Centre for food, fun, prizes and a whole lot more!

There are only a limited number of tickets available, and they will not be sold at the door. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Buy your tickets here!

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.

AESES Spring Education Seminars

Monday, April 10th, 2023

The AESES Education Committee would like to offer members seven seminars to help you thaw into spring!

AESES Spring 2023 Education Seminars

  • Self Defence Workshop | Sunday, April 16, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • The Leaf Guided Walking Tour (Members Only) | Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • Learn Basic Bicycle Maintenance | Wednesday, May 3, 6:30 – 8:30 pm FULL
  • Bannock Making Tutorial & History | Thursday, May 18, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
  • Crock-a-doodle: Bowl Making/Painting | Saturday, May 27, 1:00 – 3:00 pm FULL
  • Home Buying & Selling in Manitoba | Thursday, June 1, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Management Rights (Virtual) | Monday, June 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Find out more here!

Extra, Extra: insideAESES Newsletter (April 2023)

Wednesday, April 5th, 2023

Happy April! Another issue of insideAESES is coming at you, just like the possible forecasted snowy Colorado low!

But before you grab that shovel, take a few moments to read about:

  • A message from AESES president Chris McCann
  • Cosmic Bingo Bowling Night recap
  • Questions about Vacation Entitlements
  • 50 for 50 Contest details
  • Annual General Meeting details
  • Ongoing union and member grievances

View the April issue and previous ones here.

Take care, and shovel carefully!

AESES Annual General Meeting – April 11, 2023

Tuesday, March 21st, 2023

AESES 2022 Annual Report CoverWe invite all of our signed union members to attend this year’s AESES Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 11, 2023. The meeting will take place via videoconference using Zoom at 7:00 pm. Consider joining us!

Registration is now open.


International Women’s Day – March 8, 2023, Embracing Equity

Wednesday, March 8th, 2023

Today is a worldwide day to recognize and celebrate women’s and girls’ social, economic, cultural and political achievements, but it is also a time to raise awareness of the progress made toward achieving equality and the work that still needs to be done.

 Did you know that International Women’s Day (IWD) dates back to the early 20th century?

The first IWD took place on March 19, 1911, in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland when over a million men and women attended public events to show their support for women’s equal participation in society. Other countries joined in the following years.

The United Nations declared March 8, 1975, as International Women’s Day and it has been celebrated that day since.

AESES has participated in many different events over the years including dinners with the University of Manitoba’s President’s Office and guest speakers, trivia day and our last event held on March 8, 2020, with Leanne Shumka’s presentation on the topic of “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Female Canadian Labour Organizers.”

Celebrate today with your co-workers, mothers, daughters, and friends as we continue to embrace equity.

In Solidarity,

Gloria Saindon
Executive VP AESES

Confederation of Canadian Unions Affiliate Report – February 2023

Friday, February 17th, 2023

AESES thanks the Confederation of Canadian Unions for inviting us to Ottawa, Ontario, the unceded, unsurrendered Territory of the Anishinaabe Algonquin Nation whose culture and presence have nurtured this land for millennia. AESES members live and work on Treaty 1 Territory and Manitoba is located on the Treaty Territories and ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, and Nehethowuk Nations and on the Homeland of the Red River Métis. We acknowledge northern Manitoba includes lands that were and are the ancestral lands of the Inuit.

We respect the spirit and intent of Treaties and Treaty Making and remain committed to working in partnership with First Nations, Inuit and Métis people in the spirit of truth, reconciliation and collaboration. The AESES Executive Council, represented by Chris McCann and myself, joined over one hundred university, community and Indigenous leaders to participate in the University of Manitoba’s (UM) Reconciliation Action Planning sessions in November. Collectively, we were asked to look at the colonial foundations and history of the University of Manitoba and to explore recommendations for fundamental changes to the structure of the organization, to acknowledge our history. and propose changes to move the institution into the future towards a goal of Mino-Pimatisiwin, or living the good life in a healthy balance with our land.

On Sunday, December 4th we held the Children’s Christmas party, the first in over two years! Over 400 parents and children were in attendance, despite a winter storm that kept some families away. Those in attendance enjoyed cookie decorating, clown entertainment, face painting, balloon animals and presents for the children. We had special guest appearances by Spiderman, kids’ entertainer Al Simmons and Santa Claus.

We kicked off the holiday season with an Open House in our new office building and union hall on December 9, which also marked the day of the very first gathering of six employees at a “study session” 50 years ago to discuss organizing a union. That group later filed their application to form a union on January 24th, 1973. This event was the first of many AESES has planned throughout our Golden Jubilee to recognize our 50th Anniversary. We plan to host several events with our membership and charitable fundraising activities including a big social party in June to which everyone from CCU is invited!

Chris McCann, VP UM-Bannatyne Melissa Blonjeaux and I met with UM President Michael Bennaroch and outgoing AVP-HR Darlene Smith on December 13 where among other items we discussed remote work for the future. We pointed out that while many members have the option of working two days per week at home that this is not uniformly applied to all members. The ability to work from home correlates to being in a higher paying position resulting in our lowest paid members often having less or no access to being able to work from home, and are therefore more likely to incur the increased costs of working on campus.

The AESES Executive Council has been asked to participate in UM’s five-year strategic planning process. This is the first time AESES has been directly invited. We will continue with regular high-level meetings between AESES and President Bennaroch roughly every six months like we have arranged with The University of Winnipeg (UW) President, Todd Mondor.

We were deeply saddened to report the passing of Paul Hazelton on December 25, 2022. Paul was at the original meeting to organize the union which became AESES over 50 years ago. He joined the Board as soon as we formed in May of 1973 and served on the Board continuously for the next 41 years until his retirement. Paul came to Canada in 1971 from Missouri and as a man of principle kept with him his “Handbook for Conscientious Objectors.” He earned a Ph.D. in Virology from UM in 1998. Paul played a part in managing the AESES 51-day strike in 1975, along with many other important roles including serving as President between 1975 – 1978. Paul was truly a distinguished member of AESES and served our union for over 50 years. Paul will be greatly missed.

On January 16, the AESES office welcomed Leanne Shumka as the new Member Services Officer. Leanne brings with her many years of knowledge and experience working with the union as a Board Representative, as Vice-President UW on the Executive Council and other committees throughout the years. This new role will join our Labour Relations Team of Lorne Hilton and Colleen Thompson and will help with the increased issues and questions that are being experienced by members over the past two and a half years of this pandemic.

Laurie Morris, Past President of AESES, after 41 years at the UM is retiring this year and her last day in office was January 30. The Department of Philosophy held a retirement party on February 3rd where many friends and colleagues gathered to thank her for her dedicated service and wish her well for the future. Laurie’s last official day will be in April and she will remain on the AESES Board until then and will definitely be at the social in June!

Team AESES will be a part of the Coldest Night of the Year on February 25, raising funds for St. Boniface Street Links which works to end homelessness, reduce poverty and support crime prevention through social programs. You can support our walk by visiting or registering your own team at to walk and support programs in your community.

In Solidarity,

Gloria Saindon
Executive Vice-President, AESES

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

Extra, Extra: insideAESES Newsletter (February 2023)

Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

BOOM, and just like that, it’s February! Along with the bitterly cold polar vortex, another issue of insideAESES has arrived. 

Grab a hot beverage and read through the February issue of insideAESES to warm you up. 

Inside you’ll find:

  • A message from AESES president Chris McCann
  • Memories about Paul Hazelton and His Contributions to AESES
  • 50 for 50 Contest Details
  • A Welcome to Our New Member Services Officer
  • Annual General Meeting Details
  • Coldest Night of the Year Fundraising Walk Info
  • Ongoing union and member grievances

View the February issue and previous ones here.

Stay warm!

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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