Reigning Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Bombers’ LB Adam Bighill elected to CFLPA board of directors

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The Canadian Football League Players’ Association has elected its new board of directors following the opening of its 2022 annual general meeting in Las Vegas on Thursday.

The CFLPA board of directors is elected biannually by CFLPA members.

“On behalf of the entire CFLPA membership, I would like to thank every member of the Board of Directors who helped lead our Association through unprecedented and extraordinary times the past two years,” said CFLPA president Solomon Elimimian in a statement.

“I would also like to thank the membership for showing their confidence in me, as President. This new Board of Directors provides fresh opportunities as well as the continuity we will need to build stronger as an Association and into the next round of collective negotiations.”

The new CFL Players’ Association Board of Directors are as follows.

President — Solomon Elimimian
1st Vice President — Ryan King
2nd Vice President — Henoc Muamba
3rd Vice President — Adam Bighill
Treasurer — Peter Dyakowski
Executive Director — Brian Ramsay

Outgoing Board members are former Alouettes defensive end John Bowman and Edmonton Elks long snapper Chad Rempel. Linebackers Henoc Muamba of the Toronto Argonauts and Adam Bighill of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers have assumed their roles.

Last week, the CFLPA filed their official written notice to beginning bargaining with the league ahead of the expiration of the current collective bargaining agreement on May 14.

The existing collective agreement between the CFL and CFLPA was ratified prior to the 2019 season and it was amended prior to the 2021 season to help facilitate a safe return under pandemic restrictions.

The collective bargaining process begins with a notice to bargain, which is a written notification given by either the employer or the union requiring the other party to commence collective bargaining for the purpose of renewing or revising a collective agreement or entering into a new collective agreement.

One of the issues that could be addressed in negotiations is player transiency, which has reached extremely high levels since one-year contracts were introduced for veteran players in 2014.