The CBC reports that the University of Manitoba Students’ Union (UMSU) is being sued by the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) and the Canadian Federation of Students-Services for allegedly withholding more than $1M in membership fees over three years. UMSU became a member of CFS in 2005, but its board voted to defederate in 2020. According to the lawsuit, CFS bylaws require a referendum to confirm defederation, and the UMSU has continued to benefit from CFS programs and services. The CFS also claims that they tried to reach UMSU since 2019 to reach a friendly resolution, but their outreach was ignored, while former UMSU president Brendan Scott stated that the CFS refused to allow a virtual referendum and had been “unreasonable.” The lawsuit seeks the payment of fees and court costs, as well as a declaration that UMSU is still a CFS member. CBC| Winnipeg Free Press Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.