CMG Elections 2019 – Candidate profile: Bob Sharpe
Vote Bob Sharpe
Vice-President, CBC Branch
Hi, I am Bob Sharpe from St. John’s, Newfoundland.
I have been with CBC for more than 30 years. I work as a Supervising Technician, mostly for Radio and as such wear many hats on a weekly basis to support our Staff. I enjoy Live Remotes of all kinds and Technical Training for new and existing staff.
I have been a union volunteer for almost 30 years. During that time I’ve been a creative and outspoken advocate for individual members, fought complicated and precedent setting grievances, negotiated with managers, and served on dozens of national committees all trying to improve your working experience.
I have shown my commitment and leadership skills by serving as a local President and Vice-President, been a strong voice for the Atlantic region on the CBC National Branch Executive Committee (BEC), a vigorous defender of members rights on the National Grievance Committee, and an outspoken member of the National Steering Committee. I believe mental and physical health are important, therefore in addition to being a union volunteer, I have also volunteered with the CBC Employees Assistance Program (EAP) to ensure it serves your families needs as well as it possibly can.
My interest and focus has changed through time, to keep pace with our changing workplace. Now we struggle with an onslaught of temporary jobs, pressure to multi-task, long hours and limited backfill. I spend a significant amount of time collecting information and helping my colleagues fight these issues.
While our work lives have changed, what hasn’t changed are your rights as a unionized employee. I am just as committed to enforcing the collective agreement, while finding solutions for individual needs, as I have always been.
On the advocacy side, I have led campaigns for unity through 2 lockouts and a strike, developing the leadership skills it takes to mobilize members. I was proud to be part of the ‘Save Our Supper Hour’ campaign which in Newfoundland and Labrador, was successful in stopping the CBC from what could have been significant downsizing in many regional bureaus. I have always been a vocal supporter of public broadcasting as we have seen an increased need and benefit from working with community groups to build support for the CBC. One of my proudest achievements in Atlantic Canada was the recognition that we (CBC workers), were instrumental in getting the message across that public broadcasting is important to all Canadians.
I will continue being a fierce and fearless advocate for the east, and for all CBC workers if elected.