As Unifor National President, Jerry Dias is at the forefront of the fight for workers’ rights, equality and social justice. Jerry has been active in the labour movement since he started his work life at de Havilland Aircraft (now Bombardier Aerospace) where he served as President of Local 112. He went on to join the union’s national staff as aerospace sector coordinator and then became Assistant to the CAW National President. In 2013, he was elected as Unifor’s first National President at the union’s founding convention. Since then Unifor has grown to represent more than 315,000 workers in every sector of the Canadian economy.
An effective negotiator, Jerry has taken on corporate giants to secure good jobs for members and create the economic basis for increased living standards and shared prosperity.
Jerry assumed an active role in the USMCA as a consultant to the Canadian government and negotiating team where he consistently pushed to raise labour standards, maintain Canadian sovereignty and protect key domestic industries.
A committed trade unionist, he has been vocal on emerging labour issues including precarious work, youth unemployment and underemployment, growing income inequality and lack of work-life balance while strongly advocating for LGBTQ rights, gender equality and the elimination of violence against women. Under his leadership, Unifor’s groundbreaking Woman’s Advocate Program has expanded into more than 350 workplaces.
When he is not at the bargaining table, you can find him walking in a “Hope in High Heels” fundraiser for the Halton Women’s Place shelter or supporting a variety of local charities across the country.
Called one of the most fearsome people in the country by Sun News, one of the most powerful by Maclean’s and Canada’s most influential union leader by Ottawa Life, Jerry has been named the Toronto Star Wheels’ 2016 Newsmaker of the Year and an Automotive News All Star for the past three years.
Jerry’s mission is to strive to create progressive change for a better future.