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What is the Relationship Between Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and University of Manitoba Graduate Students' Association (UMGSA)? - January 19, 2012

What is the Relationship Between Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and University of Manitoba Graduate Students' Association (UMGSA)? - January 19, 2012

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University
MeetingManitoba
 
WhatistheRelationshipbetween
eFSandUMGSA?
WhatistheRelationshipbetweeneFS-MBand
UMGSA?
Preamble:While
researchingthequestionofanallegedmonetaryloanfr0111heCanadianFederationofStudentsManitoba[CPS-MB),documentsbetweentheUniversityofManitoba.GraduateStudents'Assodation(UMGSA)andtheCanadianFederationofStudentsNationaloffice(CFSYhighlightedaquestioninthevalidityofourmembershipwiththeaboveorganizationsaswellas.theCanadianFederationofStudents-Services(CPS-S).Theultimatequestionis:
1.
Is
or
hasUMGSAeverbeenavalidmemberofCFS,.cFS~Sand/orTodetermineifthisisthecasethefollowinginformationis
necessary:
1.
WhendidUMGSAaUegedlyhecomeprospectivemembersofcPS,CFS-Sand/orCPS-MB?.
2.
WhendidUMGSAallegedlybecome
fun
membersofCPS,.CFS~Sand/orCFS-MB?3.WhatweretheBylawsoftheorganlzatlonsat.tbetimeofprospective.andfullmembershipwithregardstosaidmembership(Le.Whatistheprccessr)?4.WereallBylawsandrequirementsofallorganizationsadheredtointhemembershipprocesses(i.e.Wasdueprocessfollowedf]?5.Whatdocumentationexistsasevidencefortheabove?6.WhatindividualshadauthoritytoactandjoEsignonbehalfoftheotganizations·involved?7.Whoactuallyactedand/orsignedonhehalfofthem:ganizationsinvolved?Thepurposeofthisevaluationistodetermine
if
UMGSAisinfactacurrentmemberofCPS,CFS..Sand/orCPS-MEwiththeaimtoensureanaccurateandjudiciousapplicationoffeescollected-fromtheUMGSAmembership[l.e.graduatestudentsattheUniversityofManitoba).
Methodology:
UMGSAdocumentation(meetingminutes,letters,budgets,etc.}asmaintainedwithintheGSAoffice(anddigitallyarchived)wasreviewed.UMGSAarchiveswereaugmentedandupdatedWithdocumentation(meetingminutes,referendummaterials,publicationsandarticles,letters,etc)asmaintainedWithintheCPSandCFS-MBofficesandtheUniversityofMCl,nitobaBoardofGovernors(BoG)websitewhichwerealsoreviewed.CommunicationwithCFS-MEViaMarakarj'BaYo,CPS-MBChairperson,andwithCFSviaRoxanneDubOIS,NationalChairperson,andpastUMGSAPresidentOOjOland01/02
J
AmandaJones,intheformoftelephoneconversations,e-mailsandin-personmeetingshasbeenemployedtoobtaininformation.
Synopsis:
Lettersbetweenthe00-02UMGSApresidentandtheNationalChairpersonofCPSindicateadisagreementastowhetherornotUMGSAislegitimatelyamemberofCPS(andsubsequentCPS-relatedorganizations},ProspectivemembershipstatuswasappHedforinSeptember1999andsubsequentlyapprovedbyCPS...AsuccessfulreferendumforfullmembershipWaSheldJanuary23-25,.2001a.ndthemembershipwasallegedlyratifierlatthenationalgeneralmeetingofCFSon
May
12,2001.AtthesametimetheOMGSAE.GonsalvesJanuary19,20122
 
WhatistheRelationship
between
CFSand
UMGSA?
WhatistheRelationshipbetween
CFS-MBandUMGSA?
Councilhaddecidedtopostponetheapplicationfor
fun
membershippendingadecisionoftheBoGregardingUMGSAautonomy(whichwasonlyachievedthisyear~June21,2011)andcollectlonofCPSfees.
CPS
ret;Ognizedthefinanda1situa.tiol1ofUMGSAatthetime
andpremised
netto
collectfeesfor01102
1
03/04,orretroactivelyforanyfeesnotcollectedbyUofM.The.nationalchairpersonofCFSindicatedbeinginreceiptofthefullmembershipapplicationsigned
by
amemberofUMGSAandthe"wiUingnesstowaivemembershipfeesuntilsuchtime.asthatautonomyisachieved.'1ThepresidentofUMGSAarguedthatthelettersenttoforapplicatlon
offull
raetebershipstatuswascomposedandsigned
by
anindividual,otherthanthepresident,whowasnotauthorizedtodoso.ThevalidityofmembershipwithreferencetoCFSBylawswasalsoquestionedbecauseUM6SAwasnotanautonomousorganization(memberofUMSU),andthroughUMSUwerealsomembersoftheCanadianAHianceofStudentAssociations(CASA).In2005CFSNationalChairperson,GeorgeSoule,sentalettertoUMGSAregardingoutstandingmembershipfeesandinSeptember2006thefirstfeeswerecollected
by
theBoGonbehalfofUMGSAformembershipinCFS(CFS-SandCFS,.MB).Findings:TheminutesoftheUMGSA
Counetl
meetingsforthe1999-2000and2000-2001termofofficeprovidedaframeworkoftheinitiationofprospectivemembershipstatusinCFSandtheeventsleadinguptoandindudingthefunmembershipreferendum.Theminutesforthe2001-
Z002
UMGSAterm
of
officehavenotbeen
locatedyet,
Thereareseveralletter's,~omesigned,andmostdated,disputingmembershipstatusofUMGSAimmediatelyfoUowingthe.aHegedratificationofsaidmembershipatanationalmeetingofCPSandcontinuingthroughmostofthatterm.Thereissomeevidencethatanexecutiveand/orcouncilmemberofUMGSA,whoWasheavilyinvolvedWiththeCFSmembershipdrivefrom1999to2001,WasalsoanemployedmembetofCES-MBstaffatthesame.time.Theirspecificrolesandleveloftransparencywithinthesetwoorganizationsremainsunclearatthistime.ANewsRelease.fromCFSdatedJanuary26)2001indicatesthatthisindividualwasthespokespersonforUMGSA.TheUMGSA'scopyoftheCFSBylaws,whichwasrecentlyobtained(2010/Iitermofoffice)toreplacewhathadbeenmissingforsometime,hasagaindisappeared.UMGSAcurrentlyhasneitheracurrentcopyoftheBylawsofCESoranypriorversions.RequestsforinformationfromCFSeithertakeasubstantialamountoftimeforaresponseorgounacknowledged/unanswered.KnowingthatCPSmustregistertheirbylawsfedetaUyasafederalnon-profitorganizationmeans,todetermine
if
theBylawsoftheorganiZationastheywereatthetimeofthemembershipquestionwereupheld,asearchoffederalgcvernmentdocumentscanbeemployed.ThereareseveralfilingcabinetsmaintainedintheCFS-MBofficecontainingagreatdealofdocumentation.NotaUfilesarecategorizedinawaythatisobviousastotheircontent.Thisledtoaaeedtelgnere.exlstanteategortesandspendtimereviewingindividualcontents.ThedisorganizationandredundancyofcontentsoftheCFS-MIlfileserVerwasalsoapparent.AletteraddressedtotheUniVersityof
E.
GonsalVesJanuary19,2012
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