Dias addressing the 2013 Ontario Federation of Labour convention
|1st President of Unifor|
August 31, 2013
|President of Canadian Auto Workers Local 112|
October 10, 1958 |
|Parents||Jerry Dias, Sr.|
Jerome P. Dias, Jr. was elected the first president of the new 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 to take 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. As President he leads Unifor’s ambitious efforts to help change the country into one in which we can all benefit from good jobs, safe communities and a prosperous, inclusive economy. He has led numerous campaigns including leading Unifor’s effort to help defeat Harper in the 2015 federal election. Alongside his political activism, Jerry’s ongoing work to defend workers has helped prevent workplace closures, and led to the implementation of important improvements for workers’ safety and rights. Over the last five years, Jerry, along with his son Jordan, has participated in the Hope in High Heels walk. Jerry is the top fundraiser – helping to provide a large chunk of the operating budget of Halton Women’s Place, a women’s shelter and centre in Burlington, Ontario.
- "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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