SunNews called him one of the most fearsome people in the country. In 2013, Maclean’s named him one of the most powerful. The women at the Halton Women’s Shelter with whom we works closely, call him a great ally.
And the members of Unifor, Canada’s newest private sector union, are proud to call him their first National President.
Jerry Dias 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.
Jerry has been active in the labour movement for nearly four decades.
Jerry began his work life in 1978 at then de Havilland Aircraft (now Bombardier Aerospace) where he served a steward, plant chair and eventually President of Local 112. In 1993, he was appointed to the union’s national staff as the aerospace sector coordinator and four years later, he was appointed an assistant to the CAW National President.
Jerry is an effective negotiator, who has taken on corporate giants from General Motors to Boeing to Coca-Cola.
He has also led numerous campaigns including many that have prevented workplace closures and others that have led to the implementation of important improvements for workers’ safety and rights.
Over the last three 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.