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Extra, Extra: insideAESES Newsletter (April 2021)

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Welcome to April, blown in like a tornado!!!

No April foolin’ here. It’s time for the latest edition of insideAESES. Grab a refreshing iced tea on the rocks (don’t forget the mini umbrella!) and have a read. Inside this issue:

  • A message from Laurie Morris, AESES President
  • AESES AGM registration and Annual Report details
  • Information about when overtime should apply
  • Ongoing union and member grievances
  • CCU/CSC Executive Board Meeting Report
  • Letter from Jamie Moses, MLA for St. Vital

View the April issue and previous ones here.

Working During the Pandemic Survey Results Now Available

Monday, March 15th, 2021

Starting in mid-December 2020, AESES invited members from the University of Manitoba (UM) and The University of Winnipeg (UW) to complete a short, anonymous survey about their working conditions during the pandemic.

The 1,161 responses identified that most UM and UW members face similar struggles with their current working situations and environments. A majority of members shared that their mental health has deteriorated to some extent during the pandemic. With most members working from home, the line between work and home life seems to be blurring and appears to be causing concerns.

AESES will be scheduling meetings with both universities’ administration to share our members’ difficulties and advocate on your behalf for better support and direction resulting from your responses.

View the complete results here.

Registration is now open for AESES Spring Education Seminars

Wednesday, February 24th, 2021

Person sitting on the ground looking at a tablet.

Choose from Stand-Up Comedy, Laughter Yoga, Mask Making with Karen, Paint and Wine Night, Yoga, and Disability Tax Credits.

All seminars will be conducted online and have limited capacity.

AESES will be accepting registrations up to one week before the seminar (unless full or otherwise noted). Waitlists will be made available if necessary.

Extra, Extra: insideAESES Newsletter (February 2021)

Monday, February 1st, 2021

Happy February!

As you patiently wait for tomorrow when a furry rodent predicts when spring will start, spend a few minutes today reading the first insideAESES newsletter of 2021. Inside this issue:

  • A message from Laurie Morris, AESES President
  • AGM date and information
  • Upcoming member education seminars
  • Ongoing union and member grievances
  • Steps to submit your job for classification review
  • Learn about vacation carry over
  • Introduction of the AESES Diversity Committee
  • CCU/CSC bursary winners

View the February issue and previous ones here.

Have a great week, and stay safe!

Reminder about wellness resources

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Drawn person sitting along on rock.

How’s everyone doing? As we are halfway through January, it’s a good time to remember that AESES maintains a wellness resource with helpful links to support members’ well-being & mental health. If you need to talk, please reach out to a friend, family member or a professional.

Visit our Wellness Resources page for more information.

Happy holidays and office closure

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

Log cabin in a snowglobe with snow falling with an AESES mailbox outside.

From our bubble to yours, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and Season’s Greetings. Enjoy the holiday season and all the best for 2021!

From the AESES Business Office staff: Laurie, Lisa, Lorne, Colleen, Judy, Blair, and Joey

Please note that the AESES Business Office will be closed from December 23 at noon through January 4, 2021. We will reopen on January 5, 2021.


Extra, Extra: insideAESES Newsletter (December 2020)

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020

Happy December!

We’re almost through 2020, and what a year it has been!

Grab a woolly (or cotton or polyester blend) blanket, get comfy and spend a few minutes reading the last insideAESES newsletter of the year. Inside you’ll find:

  • A message from Laurie Morris, AESES President
  • 2021 proposed budget
  • How to handle workload concerns
  • New AESES appointments
  • AESES supporting local unions
  • Member resources and benefits
  • Ongoing union and member grievances

View the December issue and previous ones here.

One last thing, we know that things can be a little bit rough during the holidays, and the pandemic has added increased stress and unknowns into the mix. If you are a member (or know of a member) currently in financial hardship, please apply or encourage them to apply to COVID-19 Assistance Fund. The last deadline to apply before the break is December 11 at noon.

Have a safe and happy holiday season to you and yours, till next year.

November 20, 2020 Update: AESES-UM Bargaining Process

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Please visit our AESES-UM Bargaining page for up to date information.

Learn About Your Union’s Activities and Financials: AESES’ 2019 Annual Report

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020

The past 6 months have certainly brought about many, many changes, which we’ve had to adapt to. In fact, back in March we were inconspicuously planning our Annual General Meeting for April, preparing to meet in-person as a membership, to review our financials and committee reports from 2019/the previous year. Since that time, the option of hosting our AGM continues to be contrary to current provincial recommendations for group gatherings. We will therefore not be holding an AGM meeting this year.

However, our annual report, which contains copies of all committee reports for 2019 as well as 2019’s audited financial statements, is being made available to our AESES members. The document (a PDF file) can be accessed by all members via the secure Members’ Only area of the AESES website. If you have not previously signed up to access the Members’ Only section, simply click on the ‘Request an Account’ link in the right-hand column of the webpage. You will then be asked to fill out your full name, work email address, and employee number as part of the registration process.

If anyone has questions related to the annual report or otherwise, please direct them to the AESES Business Office via

Application Process Open: New AESES Bursaries for Dependent Children

Monday, September 14th, 2020

The AESES Bursary
For signed AESES members, with dependent children studying at either UW or UM, your studious progeny may be eligible to apply for one our new $1000 bursaries. You may note that this is a change from our previously offered scholarships as disbursement will now be based on financial need rather than academic standing. This applies to dependents who are under 25 years of age prior to enrollment in the current academic year.

Details for UW Students
Three bursaries are available at UW, each valued at $1000. They will be offered to students enrolled in full-time undergraduate studies, who have the highest demonstrated financial need. To qualify: 1) new-to-UW students need to have achieved the required minimum entrance requirements based on those courses used for admission to the University; 2) or, continuing students need to have achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

Details for UM Students
Seven bursaries are available at UM (pending approval at UM Senate on October 7), valued at $1000 each. They will be offered to students enrolled in full-time undergraduate studies (minimum 60% course load) in any year of study, who have the highest demonstrated financial need. To qualify: 1) new-to-UM students need to have achieved the required minimum entrance requirements based on those courses used for admission to the University; 2) or, continuing students need to have achieved a minimum grade point average of 2.0; 3) or, as students in the Undergraduate Medical Education Program, need to be in good standing.

One bursary at UM will be awarded to one undergraduate student from each of the following groupings (which have also been updated since prior years):

Group 1 – University 1
Group 2 – Faculty of Arts
Group 3 – Faculty of Science;
Group 4 – Faculty of Education, Price Faculty of Engineering, or Desautels Faculty of Music;
Group 5 – Asper School of Business, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources, or Faculty of Law;
Group 6 – Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, Faculty of Architecture, School of Art, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, or Faculty of Social Work;
Group 7 – Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.

How to Apply
For UW applicants, applications can be filled out and submitted directly through UW’s Office of Awards and Financial Aid.

For UM applicants, the application isn’t up yet, but will soon be posted to the website for UM’s Financial Aid and Awards Office, so check back daily.
Update: September 24, 2020 – the AESES Bursary still does not include our bursary in the awards database search (above link). However, the following website does list the bursary offering:

Application Deadline
These AESES bursaries will be awarded annually. The application deadline is October 1st.

Closing Remarks
If these requirements are met by your dependent/student and financial need is a consideration in their university attendance, the AESES Bursaries may prove beneficial. Remember to have your child apply prior to the October 1st deadline.

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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