Dias addressing the 2013 Ontario Federation of Labour convention
|1st President of Unifor|
Assumed office |
August 31, 2013
|President of Canadian Auto Workers Local 112|
October 10, 1958|
|Parents||Jerry Dias, Sr.|
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.
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, 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. He later became a staff representative for the Canadian Auto Workers' national office in 1993; in 2007, he became a senior assistant to CAW presidents Buzz Hargrove and Ken Lewenza, Sr. Jerry has been active in the labour movement for nearly four decades.
- "Jerry Dias: The new face of labour in Canada". Toronto Star, August 30, 2013.
- "CAW's Jerry Dias first president of Unifor, merger of CAW and CEP". CTV News, August 31, 2013.
- "Jerry Dias brings decades of front-line experience in bid to lead Canada's new superunion". The Globe and Mail, August 8, 2013.
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