I am Nathalie Bastien, I have been a Radio-Canada/CBC employee for 31 years and am still passionate about my job. I have worked mainly in Ontario, but a little bit in Québec, in small and big locations. I have travelled to almost every province.
I joined the union in 2005 during the lockout. I have held the position of Secretary-Treasurer for the Ottawa Local Unit Executive over many years, and I am now the Secretary. I am also a CMG national trustee, our role being to ensure that members’ money is used properly, in accordance with the bylaws and the National Executive decisions.
I have been sitting on the NEC for less than a year, as Director of Francophone Affairs; I have been meeting with members and been a voice for them with management.
I have been an active participant in the CMG biennial conventions since 2006.
The world of media is constantly changing but never more than now. We are going through a complex period: collective bargaining, budget cuts, job evaluations, precarious employment. We are always asked to do more with less, and to do it calmly and with a smile. Sometimes there are limits, and it is the content that suffers if not our health. Recognition and respect at work are not just concepts. They should be enforced and I am doing everything in my power to make sure that they are.
If I am chosen as a delegate for the CWA Convention in Vegas
I see this Convention as a great learning opportunity and a way to meet and discuss the challenges in our profession and our union with members from different backgrounds, to see how they are coping in their own media.
I would be proud to represent you and be your voice, to the best of my ability, and to bring this back home to you, through the National Executive. I would be one of the only bilingual representatives of Radio-Canada and francophone members.