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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 aeses.ca/coldestnight or registering your own team at cnoy.org/ to walk and support programs in your community.
Executive Vice-President, AESES
Tuesday, February 7th, 2023
The 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.
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
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: https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/TeamFundraisingPage.aspx?teamID=991997
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 email@example.com or call 204-949-5200.
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: https://memorials.neilbardalfuneralhome.com/paul-hazelton/5103004/index.php
More information about Paul’s accomplishments and stories of how he helped shape AESES will follow at upcoming events and in future publications.
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:
Chris, 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.
Wednesday, December 7th, 2022
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
Have a great holiday season and a Happy New Year!
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.
Tuesday, October 18th, 2022
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.
Executive Vice-President, AESES