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Recap: Solidarity Forever Parade

Friday, June 14th, 2019

In commemoration of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, AESES entered a float in the Solidarity Forever Parade on May 25th, along with a small contingent of AESES members and their families.

Video proof of the day

We definitely stood out with a brightly coloured float and live music. Our theme was “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” to honour those who went on strike in 1919, making a tremendous impact to collective bargaining for the future. It was also an opportunity to honour our (mostly) retired AESES members who went on strike in 1975, after negotiating our first collective agreement at the University of Manitoba.

On the float representing a telephone operator (or Hello Girl) was Joan Duesterdiek, UW Contract Administrator. Representing an elevator operator was AESES staff member Blair Zelinsky. On the next platform were two retired AESES members who had been on the picket line in 1975, Brenda Miller and Janet Sealey (AESES past-President 1999-2006). Behind them were Lynda Closson and Laurie Morris (AESES President), representing current members. Finally, at the top of the float were our musicians, Darryl Reilly and AESES Board member, Rob Parker. Thank you to you all.

Many thanks are required, starting with the AESES Ad hoc 1919 Strike Event Committee (Leanne Shumka, Chris McCann, Rob Parker, Heather Brownlee, Dianne Bulback, and Bill Spornitz), for their willingness to take on many tasks and events for this once-in-a-lifetime celebration.

Thanks also go out to:

  • Mike Thul, UW, for assisting us with the trailer rental and a place to store and decorate the float.
  • Bill and Carol Belsham, for the use of their big truck and driving our float through the parade. What a bonus that the truck was white!
  • Darryl Reilly and Rob Parker, for their musical talents. The labour songs were a roaring success!
  • Shane Stewart, for helping with the build and assisting the decorating and tear-down process.
  • Karen Schellenberg, for assisting with costume selection.
  • Carmine Vizza and Steven Labay, UW, for their assistance with moving the risers, when and as needed.
  • Chris McCann, AESES Executive Vice-President, for our banners and t-shirts, and shuttling pieces of our build between the UM and UW.
  • Astro Parade Company, for great decorations and their able assistance in determining what supplies we needed.
  • The Sound Exchange, for donating the telephone operator headsets for our use.
  • The decorators: Heather Brownlee, Leanne Shumka, Joan Duesterdiek, Shane Stewart, Lynda Closson, and Gloria and Don Saindon.
  • Our Press Agent: Dan Gwozdz. Thanks for taking pictures and videos, so we could showcase our involvement.
  • Parade marshals: Leanne Shumka, Dianne Bulback, Heather Brownlee and Gail Mackisey.
  • Ron Morris, for shuttling people from the end of the parade to their cars and hauling float items back to AESES.
  • Our contingent of walkers. I won’t try to name everyone, since I would definitely forget a few. But, I would like to thank you for picking up the gauntlet thrown down at Members’ Day. I hope you enjoyed handing out freebies to the many spectators and the free concert at Memorial Park following the parade.

Finally, I would like to commend the Manitoba Federation of Labour (MFL) and the parade organizers for their dedication and hard work on the parade and the following concert. It was an unbelievable event that I will never forget!

Thank you, everyone! I really hope that I didn’t forget anyone in my gratitude. If I did, I apologize and extend my thanks!

Laurie Morris, AESES President

Ticket Run: Strike! The Musical

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

Want to experience life in Winnipeg during 1919’s General Strike, all from the comfort of a seat at Rainbow Stage?

Join AESES as we attend a showing of ‘Strike! The Musical’ on Friday, June 21st. The performance gets going at 7:30 pm and has a 2-hour run time. We have 32 tickets available to signed AESES members, so registration will be on a first come, first served basis, with a limit of one (1) seat/ticket per member. Tickets are priced at $26, subsidized from the $55 regular price.

AESES will also be holding a draw for two of those tickets; if selected, two members who have registered will receive their ticket free of charge!

Musical Details
Date: Friday, June 21, 2019
Time: 7:30-9:30 pm.
Location: Rainbow Stage, Kildonan Park
Cost: $26/per attendee
Who can Attend: Signed AESES members
Registration deadline: June 18, 2019

If interested in attending, please complete and submit the registration form at your earliest convenience, along with payment, to reserve your seat. This can be done via inter-departmental mail (AESES c/o Mail Room). Cheques (payable to AESES) and cash are accepted.

Extra, Extra: insideAESES Newsletter (June 2019)

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

June’s issue of ‘insideAESES’ is printed and ready for your reading pleasure. This edition of ‘insideAESES’ features valuable articles related to:

  • Volunteer Appreciation
  • From the President’s Desk
  • UM Employee Spotlight – Betty McGregor
  • Contract Negotiation Updates
  • Contract Admin
  • New Faces and Hires
  • Lunch Service: Perogy Consumption
  • AESES Appointments
  • Recap: Solidarity Forever Parade
  • Can You Tell Me? How Do I Submit my Job Description for a Reclassification Review Process?

Click on the following link to become informed about everything AESES related – June 2019 insideAESES newsletter

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Scholarship$: AESES Scholarship for Dependents

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

For AESES members with children studying at either UM or UW, consider applying for one of the nine $1000 AESES Scholarships for Dependents that we offer.

Details:
Two scholarships are available at UW, valued at $1000 each. The scholarships will be awarded to the two full-time undergrad students with the highest standing (i.e. 18 credit hours or more over the fall and winter terms). The student must also register in full-time studies for the subsequent year of undergraduate study.

Seven scholarships are available at UM, valued at $1000 each. Scholarships will be awarded to the full-time undergrad student with the highest standing in each group listed below. The student must also register in full-time studies for the subsequent year of undergraduate study:

Group 1    University 1
Group 2    Arts
Group 3    Science
Group 4    Architecture; Engineering; Environment, Earth and Resources; Fine Art
Group 5    Law; Management; Medicine
Group 6    Education; Kinesiology and Recreation Management; Music; Social Work
Group 7    Agriculture and Food Sciences; Dental Hygiene; Dentistry;  Human Ecology;  Medical Rehabilitation; Nursing; Pharmacy

Apply:
The scholarship form can be completed and submitted online, or a PDF can also be downloaded (UM, UW) from our website and submitted via email, fax or interdepartmental mail. Completed application forms will be accepted by the AESES office for consideration between April 1 and June 30, 2019.

Extra, Extra: insideAESES Newsletter (April 2019)

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

April’s issue of ‘insideAESES’ is printed and ready for your reading pleasure. This edition of ‘insideAESES’ features valuable articles related to:

  • From the President’s Desk
  • Can You Tell Me? UW Edition – What Happens in the Case of a Workplace Injury?
  • AESES Scholarships for Dependents
  • Lunch is On Us
  • AESES Appointments
  • Contract Admin
  • Contract Negotiation Updates
  • New Faces and Hires
  • Reflecting on CCU’s Executive Board Meeting
  • UW Employee Spotlight – Romer Bautista
  • AESES AGM Invite

Click on the following link to become informed about everything AESES related – April 2019 insideAESES newsletter

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Members’ Day Lunch: Perogies and You

Monday, March 25th, 2019

​​We’re gearing up to host our annual Members’ Day Lunch celebration and that’s an exciting prospect!

We want to celebrate International Worker’s Day (i.e. May Day) by acknowledging the strength and value of our membership. Hence, the hot meal and the lunch hour of mingling, prize giveaways, handing out of long-service awards, and speeches. And, because the city and its union’s are also in the mood to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, our lunches will feature a strike-related trivia quiz. Basically, in preparation, brush up on your strike knowledge and bring your appetites. Especially knowing that this year it’ll be a Ukrainian buffet on menu – perogies, stuffed cabbage rolls, kolbasa sausage, and garlic bread.

Join us on either ​May 1st (UM Fort Garry), May 7th (UW​innipeg), or May 14th (UM Bannatyne), by choosing to attend the 12:00 noon or 1:00 pm sitting at your campus.

​​Pre-registration is absolutely required to attend. So, take a minute to fill out and submit the registration form online, to let us know when and where you will be eating. Or, complete the fillable PDF form and submit it to the AESES office via email (aeses@aeses.ca), fax (204-949-5215) or interdepartmental mail. The deadline to register is April 20, 2019.

​Please Note:

  1. As a reminder, union events are reserved for signed AESES members. If you aren’t yet signed, but would still like to participate, please fill out a membership application form here, before submitting it to our office alongside your lunch registration form.
  2. As a way of giving back to our larger community, we will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items and monetary funds at each of the lunches, to be passed along to campus food banks. Donors will be entered in a draw to win prizes and gift baskets. That’s an incentive. Thank you in advance for your generosity!
  3.  ​​Also, if you would like to volunteer an hour of your time at the lunches, by assisting with the registration process, food service, or clean-up, please let the AESES Office know of your availability (204-949-5200 or aeses@aeses.ca). We greatly appreciate the help of each volunteer who helps make these lunches a success. 

Learn About Your Union: AESES AGM

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Annual General Meeting
We are inviting all of our signed union members to attend this year’s AESES Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm and will be held at Temple Shalom (1077 Grant Ave). Join us!

Executive members and committee chairs will be on hand at the AGM to review financials, speak about the activities of the union, and provide attendees with a question and answer period. We want our members to learn about the value of their union, how our programs can benefit them, how dues are spent, and introduce them to the volunteers who help to make AESES run so smoothly.

Please note that only signed AESES members are permitted to attend the AGM portion of the evening and vote on issues that arise. If you are not yet a signed member, but are interested in attending, simply fill out a membership form and submit it to the AESES office in advance of the meeting.

Annual Report
To review our AGM Annual Report prior to the meeting, it can be accessed by all members via the secure Members’ Only area of the AESES website. If you have not yet signed up to access the Members’ Only section, click on the ‘Request an Account’ link in the right-hand column of our homepage. You will then be asked to fill out your full name, work email address and employee number as part of the registration process.

Lecture Series: Wpg General Strike

Friday, March 15th, 2019

The Millennium Library is hosting a free 5-part lecture series that delves into the history and lasting impacts of the Winnipeg General Strike, timely as we are celebrating the strike’s centenary this year. Over five consecutive Wednesdays (March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17), this series will cover different aspects of the strike, including key figures, protest songs, and lasting impacts.

First up, on March 20th, The University of Winnipeg’s Nolan Reilly, will be introducing the new guide to the confrontation: 1919: Winnipeg General Strike Driving and Walking Tour: 100th Anniversary Edition. He’ll cover the key events and players of the most prominent general strike in Canada’s history.

Those interested in attending, are encouraged to drop in at the library over their lunch hour (12:00-1:00pm). Presentations will take place in the library’s Carol Shields Auditorium, at 251 Donald Street. No need to sign up in advance, simply show up.

Then and Now: International Women’s Day

Friday, March 8th, 2019

March 8th, recognized as International Women’s Day, is a time to celebrate womanhood: the many contributions, the many accomplishments, and the many unacknowledged acts done in the name of moving towards a better and more equitable future, by women we know, and by those who have come before. 

100 years ago, on May 5 1919, a group of 500 (mostly female) telephone operators were doing just that. They punched out of their shift in the morning hours and no replacements came to fill their spots, instead joining and playing an important role in the city-wide Winnipeg General Strike (see the MB Historical Society’s article on the topic). Equally true of today’s working women, they are continuing to make their voices heard, standing up for equality and better working conditions, and garnering respect.

AESES supports and celebrates the efforts of the many women who make up our membership and also those of all women. Together, we are unique, respected, and heard! Together, we celebrate International Women’s Day! 

Now Reading: CCU Connections Newsletter

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

The Confederation of Canadian Unions (CCU), of which AESES is a member, has recently distributed the February issue of its ‘CCU Connections’ newsletter.

This issue features CCU President Kelly Johnson’s thoughts on the closing of the GM plant in Oshawa; information from the last Executive Board meeting, including details on the FISH-NL fight for independence from Fish, Food and Allied Workers; a report from the CCU VP, Michael Belanger; updates from affiliated unions; an interview with CCU Secretary, Josh Mullins; and other union-related information.

Archived issues are posted and can be viewed on our dedicated AESES-CCU webpage (click here to access).

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.