I am Nathalie Bastien, a Radio-Canada/CBC employee for 30 years.
During my career, I have held several positions: researcher, columnist, web reporter, communications officer, radio and television producer, radio news editor/reader, radio and TV producer, assignment producer. I am currently an associate producer.
I worked in Sudbury for 6 years and I have been in Ottawa for 24 years. I have also worked as fill in replacement in Toronto, Montreal and Rouyn-Noranda. I have visited several provinces on a personal basis.
EXPERIENCE AT THE GUILD
I joined the union in 2005 during the lockout. I have held the position of Secretary-Treasurer of 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.
I personally experienced the cuts, the shift to digital and the tremendous changes to our work environment.
I have seen a lot of managers and colleagues come and go over the years. I have lived the highs and lows of the many changes of recent years.
I have been actively involved in the union’s biennial conventions since 2006, where I made myself known to union executives and members. Although I am perfectly bilingual, I always insisted on making my appearances at the microphone in French. In the current context, we must, more than ever, continue to speak, work and claim our rights as francophone members.
I am honest, open, motivated and a good negotiator. I maintain a good reputation with my managers and my colleagues, who get a fair shake from me.
I never hesitate to uphold and defend our rights and to denounce when they are violated. I do not tolerate abuse of power or injustice.
I pledge to represent you, whatever your media, to the best of my knowledge, to listen and to give you a voice at the national executive, which is composed mainly of English-speaking members. I will ensure that our rights are respected, both within the Guild and in the workplace.
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 will do everything in my power to make sure that they are.