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CMG Elections 2019 – Candidate profile: Andrea Sellinger

Our union, for real.

I’ve been Secretary-Treasurer of the Canadian Media Guild (CMG) at the national level for the past 2 years. I’ll be honest, it was a steep learning curve but one I embraced.

During my time in the role I’ve helped the organization achieve two surpluses despite unforeseen costs and put us in a comfortable position to pay off the mortgage owing on our Toronto head offices.

I’ve also tried to simplify and streamline financial reporting for our location units so that it becomes a less daunting task.

In addition, I’ve sat on a number of committees include the National Executive Committee, the National Finance Committee, and the National Investment Committee.

With your support, I’d now like to take on a new challenge. I’m putting my name forward for the position of Vice President of the CMG. I have the organizational ability and people skills necessary to succeed in the role.

Journalism is a tough industry even for those of us lucky enough to be part of a union.

We work long hours, we miss breaks, many of us lack real job security, we constantly feel under threat of “layoffs”, and often that most essential service we provide to the public – information and holding power to account – is underappreciated and called “fake news”.

And too frequently I hear the sentiment from fellow employees that it doesn’t really feel like the union is working for them; they don’t immediately see the benefits.

I want to change that.

If elected I’ll work to make the union a more regular presence in our newsrooms and to make our successes and the benefits of collectivization more apparent to all our members.

The next 3 years will be crucial years to our union. Organized labour is under attack and we need to work on mobilization and education to stay strong and move forward.

I ask for your support in the upcoming election. Please vote, December 5-9, 2019.

I am proudly running alongside Kamala Rao (for National President) and Jonathan Spence (for President, CBC/Radio-Canada  Branch). Together, we share a common vision for CMG.

Personal background:

I joined the CBC as an intern in 2000 working for what was then Newsworld out of the Calgary office.  A team of great hosts and producers helped me to hone my skills chasing, writing and tape producing. 

After finishing my degree at the University of Regina, I was lucky enough to be one of the first Joan Donaldson recipients and returned to the CBC.

While I’ve left the organization a few times to travel and pursue further education, I always seem to find my way back.  Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to work in radio, digital and TV for many different programs.

For the past 10 years I’ve been a producer on CBC News Network working on our weekend programming.

In my spare time I enjoying writing, martial arts and painting.

 

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