COVID-19 Info & Updates
AESES is working very hard to keep the interests of our members at the top of everyone’s mind. The situation is changing hourly and it is a challenge to stay abreast of the changing messages and instructions that are being relayed. Nevertheless, we have every intention of continuing to push the employers to keep our members’ interests and well-being at the forefront. Please know that we will inform our members as new information is obtained.
All AESES members should be following the direction provided by your university, the Province of Manitoba and Health Canada. This includes practicing social distancing and regular hand-washing. Most importantly, be sure to self-isolate if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and contact Health Links.
AESES’ COVID-19 Assistance Fund
The AESES Board of Representatives has established a COVID-19 Assistance Fund to support AESES members who are experiencing significant financial hardship during this difficult time. AESES hopes to help as many of our members as we can during this crisis. A fund totaling $150,000 has been established for the purpose of helping our members who are struggling to buy necessities from the grocery store. As the fund is limited, only those members who are truly in need of this assistance should apply.
If you have suffered a negative financial impact to your household income such as a layoff, a spousal layoff, or even reduced hours due to COVID-19 restrictions, you can now apply to the AESES COVID-19 Assistance Fund.
Some things you should know:
- All AESES members are eligible to apply, regardless of whether they are signed members or not
- Applications received by noon on each Friday will be processed the following week
- Assistance will be provided in the form of a gift card which will be mailed to you
- The monetary amount available is dependent on each applicant’s family size
- Applicants cannot receive benefit funds more than once in a two-week period
- If you continue to be in need of assistance, you will need to submit a new application for each two-week period
- Please be advised that the Canada Revenue Agency considers the gift cards we distribute to be a “near cash” item and, therefore, taxable income. As a result, the total amount received during a calendar year will need to be reported as other income when filing taxes.
The AESES COVID-19 Committee may take extenuating/exceptional circumstances into consideration.
The COVID-19 Assistance Fund application form can be found as an online form here.
Questions about the COVID-19 Assistance Fund can be directed via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AESES’ Messages to Our Members
September 3, 2021 – AESES Town Hall – Vaccination Mandates and Return to Work. Read more.
August 12, 2021 – Recent Communications on Vaccine Mandates. Read more.
May 28, 2021 – Workload and You. Read more.
April 16, 2021 – Mental Health and You. Read more.
March 15, 2021 – AESES – Working During the Pandemic Survey Results. Read more.
December 18, 2020 – AESES COVID-19 Survey for Members. Read More.
November 27, 2020 – COVID-19 Assistance Fund – December Deadline Dates. Read more.
August 4, 2020 – Answering common member questions about safe returns to work. Read more
June 25, 2020 – Approach to return to work, work-life balance, and PDPS success. Read more
June 2, 2020 – UM operating grant reductions, cross-training and workloads, Vacation Purchase Plan (VPP) being voluntary, and UMFA fund contributions. Read more
May 22, 2020 – No new updates from either University with respect to staffing. Read more
May 13, 2020 – Association grievance filed and comments re. unpaid work. Read more
May 6, 2020 – Emphasis on workload and well-being for members. Read more
April 28, 2020 – Personal message from AESES President re. AESES endeavours on behalf of membership. Read more
April 24, 2020 – Links for accessing petitions, MLA contacts, and assistance resources. Read more
April 20, 2020 – AESES’ actions in response to Pallister government’s directive for universities to present staffing cut targets. Read more
April 17, 2020 – Ongoing discussions with universities regarding potential salary cuts. Read more
April 13, 2020 – General update on impact of COVID-19 on working conditions and assistance options. Read more
March 19, 2020 – Information gleaned from meetings with UM and UW Administration. Read more
March 18, 2020 – AESES Office closure and event cancellations. Read more
March 16, 2020 – Communications with our membership regarding COVID-19. Read more
AESES’ Communication with the Universities
July 9, 2020 – Human Resources’ response to AESES (UM)
June 23, 2020 – AESES’ letter to Associate VP (Human Resources (UM)
April 17, 2020 – AESES’ letter to President Barnard (UM)
March 20, 2020 – AESES’ letter to President Barnard (UM)
March 12, 2020 – AESES’ letter to UM Human Resources
June 23, 2020 – AESES’ letter to Chief Human Resources Officer (UW)
April 17, 2020 – AESES’ letter to President Trimbee (UW)
March 24, 2020 – President Trimbee’s response to AESES (UW)
March 24, 2020 – Human Resources’ response to AESES (UW)
March 20, 2020 – AESES’ letter to President Trimbee (UW)
March 19, 2020 – AESES’ letter to UW Human Resources
March 12, 2020 – AESES’ letter to UW Human Resources
Other AESES Correspondence
April 23, 2020 – Email response from Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Training
April 18, 2020 – AESES’ letter to Premier Brian Pallister
Manitoba COVID-19 Screening Tool
Some helpful information from Manitoba’s Shared Health group during these challenging times:
Before you call Health Links, take a few seconds to answer some questions that could help determine your next steps about being tested for COVID-19. Access the COVID-19 screening tool.
Petitions to Sign
There are two online petitions where individuals can protest the draconian cuts that Premier Pallister has called for. If you want to add your voice to those in opposition, you can find the petitions at the following links:
Members are also encouraged to write to their MLA, and Premier Pallister, to register their concerns. A listing of all MLAs can be found on the government’s website at:
Also, this petition calls on the Manitoba government to immediately implement fourteen (14) days of paid job-protected leave for all workers in the province during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the logic that “no worker should have to choose between a paycheque and public safety in the middle of a global pandemic.” Sign your name. Add your voice!
- Province of Manitoba Health
- Government of Canada COVID-19 Updates
- Government of Canada Travel Notices
University Notices to their Staff
March 31, 2020 – After careful consideration, the University has decided not to charge staff parking permit holders for the month of April 2020 due to the current events surrounding COVID-19. Therefore, you will not see a withdrawal from your bank account for parking fees this upcoming month. All staff will retain their space in the lot they currently occupy.
If you no longer require use of your staff parking permit and wish to cancel for April, please complete a Staff Parking Cancellation form –https://umanitoba.ca/campus/parking/media/Staff_Parking_Cancellation.pdf – and return by email to email@example.com.
Please continue to check our website for updates – http://umanitoba.ca/parking. We will also send another communication as new information becomes available.
Parking Services thanks you for your consideration at this time.