Jerry Dias

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Jerry Dias
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Dias at the 2013 Ontario Federation of Labour convention
1st President of Unifor
Assumed office
August 31, 2013
President of Canadian Auto Workers Local 112
In office
Personal details
Born (1958-10-10) October 10, 1958 (age 60)
Toronto, Ontario
Political partyLiberal/NDP
ParentsJerry Dias, Sr.[1]
ResidenceMilton, Ontario
OccupationUnion leader

Jerome P. Dias, Jr. (born October 10, 1958) is a Canadian trade unionist, who was elected the first president of the Unifor union, a merger between the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada, on August 31, 2013.[2]

The son of Jerry Dias, Sr., a worker at de Havilland's facilities in Downsview who led the plant's United Auto Workers local from 1967 to 1978,[3] Dias pursued studies at York University before dropping out and taking a job at the plant, and later became president of the union local himself in 1987.[1] He later became a staff representative for the Canadian Auto Workers' national office in 1993;[1] in 2007, he became a senior assistant to CAW presidents Buzz Hargrove and Ken Lewenza, Sr.[3] Jerry has been active in the labour movement for nearly four decades.