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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!

Join Team AESES! Coldest Night of the Year Fundraising Walk 2023

Monday, January 16th, 2023

Join Team AESES!

As AESES celebrates 50 years in 2023, “togetherness” is the uniting theme for all our events. Bringing people together is at the heart of any union and provides strength and solidarity to its members.

Help kick off AESES’ 50th year together and join Board representatives, Business Office staff and members to participate in the Coldest Night of the Year fundraising walk on February 25. All funds raised will go to the St. Boniface Street Links organization. 

To learn about the Coldest Night of the Year, to join, or donate, visit the Team AESES page:


Finalized AESES-UM Collective Agreement is Available Online

Monday, January 16th, 2023

The new AESES-UM Collective Agreement (valid from April 6, 2019, to March 27, 2026) 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.

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.

Happy holidays and office closure

Thursday, December 22nd, 2022

Wishing you and yours a relaxing holiday break. All the best for 2023!

Season’s Greetings from the AESES Business Office:
, Lisa, Lorne, Colleen, Judy, Blair, and Joey

Please note that the AESES Business Office will be closed from December 24 through January 3, 2023. We will reopen on January 4, 2023.


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!

December 6 – The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Tuesday, December 6th, 2022

On Dec. 6, 1989, 14 young women at Polytechnique Montréal lost their lives to an act of violent misogyny. Today is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. AESES remembers all who have experienced gender-based violence and those who we have lost to it.

Confederation of Canadian Unions Affiliate Report – October 2022

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022

AESES President Chris McCann and Vice President (The University of Winnipeg) Meagan Michaluk

AESES thanks the Confederation of Canadian Unions for inviting us to Vancouver, British Columbia, the unceded and ancestral territory of the Musqueam), Squamish), and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.  

AESES members live and work on Treaty 1 Territory and Manitoba is located on the Treaty Territories and ancestral lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the National 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. 

Acknowledging this truth is important, yet only a small part of cultivating strong relationships with Indigenous communities.

People in Manitoba recently were made very aware of the consequences of those harms and mistakes of the past as the tragic events at James Smith Cree Nation unfolded.  Over the four days where the suspects remained at large, everyone in the prairies received multiple emergency alert messages per day in case the suspects had fled to the neighbouring provinces.

This tragic event that occurred last month is an example of the harms and mistakes of the past.  The Chief of James Smith Cree Nation has called for funding for on reserve addictions treatment centres.  If we want to remain true to the words of our Land Acknowledgement statements we need to ensure we hear community leaders when they say need help with the harms caused by drug and alcohol addiction.  When they tell us of potential solutions we need to support and amplify their message.  We need to make sure everyone sees the connections from the harms of the past and the tragedies of today.   

 At The University of Winnipeg AESES Members have ratified a new contract with 88% of members voting in favour of acceptance.  This contract included important financial gains that attempt to recognize the impact of inflation has had and importantly is structured in ways that includes increases that are specifically precluded by the Conservative Governments Public Service Sustainability Act.  This shows that laws forcing “austerity” can be overcome with continued pressure and persistence.  Let us make sure the lesson learned here is not that governments can force austerity but that when we challenge it, we can win. 

Both Universities, even with the return to full, in person classes, are going forward with Flexible Work and Remote Work programs.  Our members value the expansion of this way of working and AESES continues to monitor and advocate for our members that these policies are available fairly to all members. 

This past Labour Day AESES President Chris McCann and Vice President (University of Winnipeg) Meagan Michaluk represented both AESES and the CCU at the Labour Day Parade.  Hundreds of people representing many unions marched from our Legislature through  Winnipeg’s downtown streets to a family picnic held in Vimy Ridge Memorial Park. 

On September 25th, AESES was able to host our Volunteer Appreciation Brunch after a 3 year delay.  We recognized members for their dedicated service to our union and presented pins for 5, 10 and 15 years of union service. We had the sad duty of recognizing the passing of long time board and executive member Keith Travis earlier this year and in 2020 AESES lost Past-President Wayne Pucci.  He became active within our union shortly after AESES only strike in 1975 and served as President for 20 years until 1999.  Both Wayne and Keith will be missed. 

AESES will be celebrating 2023 with the 50th Anniversary of our initial certification as a bargaining unit. We have started preparing activities to recognize this milestone. On December 9 we will kick off the celebrations with a Holiday Open House at the Union Office. This date marks exactly 50 years from when workers organized “study sessions” and talks began about forming our union. We have several activities planned including a famous “Manitoba Social” on Saturday June 10th, 2023.  We hope to see you there. 

AESES wishes all our sisters and brothers at CCU Affiliates a fantastic fall and reminds you to take time for yourself. This pandemic still has its challenges and is  still very present in our lives. We all deserve a chance to disconnect from work and enjoy time with our families and friends. 

In Solidarity, 

Gloria Saindon 
Executive Vice-President, AESES 

Extra, Extra: insideAESES Newsletter (October 2022)

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022

insideAESES October 2022 coverWelcome to the first week of October! You know fall has arrived when you wake up for work, and it’s still dark.

Add a bit of sunshine to your day and read through this issue of insideAESES. Inside you will find:

  • A message from AESES president Chris McCann
  • Details about workload concerns
  • A recap celebrating volunteers
  • Save the date: AESES Children’s Christmas Party 
  • Members out in the wild
  • Ongoing union and member grievances

View the October issue and previous ones here.

Have a great month, and stay safe!

September 30, 2022 – National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Wednesday, September 28th, 2022

Our office will be closed Friday, September 30, for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. We will reopen on Monday, October 3, 2022.

Friday, September 30, marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. The AESES Diversity Committee has a list of events/activities happening at The University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba and throughout the city to reflect and highlight the importance of this day.

To view the list, visit:

While we cannot change past harms, we can learn from them and move forward knowing and understanding that we can make a difference for future generations.

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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