Canada’s largest private sector union to elect new president in Toronto

TORONTO — Unifor members from across Canada are gathering in Toronto this week to elect the union’s next leader, months after the resignation of former national president Jerry Dias.

Monday will mark the start of the union’s fourth constitutional convention where elections for Dias’ successor, the next secretary-treasurer and regional directors will take place throughout the week.

Delegates will also vote on key priorities and initiatives.

Earlier this year, Dias was accused of violating the code of ethics and democratic practices of the union’s constitution.

Dias had long been the face of Unifor.

He has led the union since 2013 and was re-elected in 2016 and 2019.

He had a reputation for being tough, rambling and ready to push everyone from big business to politicians to act in the best interests of working people, and was a key figure during the negotiation of the United States agreement. -Mexico-Canada. He also successfully encouraged General Motors Canada to reopen a plant in Oshawa, Ontario, investing up to $1.3 billion and hiring up to 1,700 workers after planning to close the plant.

Unifor has over 315,000 members.

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