CFIA S&A Group- Summary of Annual General Meeting, November 28, 2014
The Annual General Meeting of the S&A Group of the CFIA was held on November 28, 2014 at the Marconi Centre, Ottawa from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Thanks to the stellar effort of the NCR organising committee (Hussien Bashah, Katie Oppen and Washington Gwayumba ), over 70 members from the National Capital Region joined nine members of the executives for a very interactive and informative meeting.
The meeting got underway with an introduction and welcome to members and invited guests by the president of the group, Dr. Umadatt Singh. Members of the executive were then asked to introduce themselves. This was followed by a review of the minutes of the past meeting, the elections report and financial report. Shannon Bittman, vice president of PIPSC then gave a talk on the institute’s position on sick leave and about the collaboration of all federal unions that have joined together to have a common front on this essential issue. This was followed by a presentation by Michael Urminsky, negotiator for the group, on the state of bargaining, on the need for mobilization of members and on the Better Together Campaign. A three course meal was served during the event and as well many door prizes were handed out throughout the meeting. There was also a healthy and lively discussion during the meeting and several members signed up to assist our union in getting its message out to the public.