By on March 15, 2022

Readers may recall yesterday’s news about the retirement of Jerry Dias, head honcho for Unifor, which is the union outfit that represents many autoworkers in Canada. At the time, it was stated the man retired ahead of schedule due to health issues.

Now, less than 24 hours later, industry outlets are reporting that Dias has been under investigation by the union since January for “an alleged breach” of the organization’s constitution.

That’s a change in the story so fast it’s likely to snap yer neck. The Freep is reporting that Unifor released a statement on Monday, after many stories – including ours – ran detailing the choice Dias made to resign from his post over the weekend. In it, they said the organization’s National Secretary-Treasurer received a written complaint about Dias on January 26th but refused to go into any extra detail about this alleged breach. We will note the title of the union rep to whom the complaint was made, however, and leave it at that.

A meeting has been set up for next Monday to discuss the matter, and it remains to be seen if the story will be given any more oxygen in the way of details and specifics. As a simple observation of timeline, Dias was notified of this investigation on January 29th, announced leave for health reasons in mid-February, and notified the Unifor board of his early retirement on March 11th.

Dias was at the helm of Unifor since it was formed in 2013 from the bones of two other unions – the Canadian Auto Workers union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada. The union is comprised of a wide array of workers, representing over 300,000 people in the Great White North. Approximately 12 percent of them toil in either auto assembly, parts, or vehicle dealerships.

We’ll keep our ear to the ground for other developments. In the meantime, two big cogs in the Unifor wheel have already announced their candidacy to replace the outgoing president.

[Image: Unifor, Twitter]

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10 Comments on “Jerry Dias, Face of Canadian Automakers Union, Under Investigation...”

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Yesterday, I actually felt bad for him.

    I suppose a Unifor internal investigation would cause health issues for the suspect.

  • avatar

    I started seeing news reports the same day as TTAC’s post on his retirement.

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    Running afoul of the Treasurer doesn’t usually mean that someone has been taking paper clips home…

  • avatar

    GM was planning to re-tool the Flex line to accommodate truck production long before Jerry Dias “negotiated” the historic UNIFOR -GM agreement …… GM had a plan.
    Back in late 2019 the assemblers built the last truck and punched out..Activity in the plant didn’t cease. The Stamping plant continued running Equinox panels ..Trades “carefully ” took the highly automated body plant apart..The high tech robotics all covered lubricated and put to sleep. ..The rest of the line was mothballed.
    Even with Covid restrictions it didn’t take long to get that line up and running..There is only a handfull of legacy people left in the plant ..The rest are all second tier folks …$26-$28 an hour, less benefits, defined contribution pension..etc.
    I was not a Jerry Dias fan. If it was health issue he’d have my sympathy… If he had his hand in the till ????Good riddance !

  • avatar

    I mean. What’s a little (well a lot) of fraud when you’re entire mission is to help employees right?

    Gotta love unions. Nothing more than political mafias that couldn’t care less about the actual employees. It’s a small scale model of our government. Full of sub humans who only care about themselves.

    I can see why libs love unions though…..

    • 0 avatar
      Arthur Dailey

      Overtime, limits on hours worked per day, pensions, improved health and safety requirements, recognition of seniority, medical benefits, pay equity, same sex benefit recognition, human rights. Funny how all of those benefits negotiated by unions contributed to building a middle class in North America. All those blue collar workers who were able to afford to buy a home and send their offspring to post-secondary schools.

      Thanks to the anti-union attitude inspired by Reagan’s firing of the air traffic controllers, we now require 2 income families, and in regards to life expectancy, infant mortality, poverty rates, standards of living and social mobility the USA has dropped in comparison to other western nations.

      • 0 avatar

        EB – You are correct again. Bang on. Top marks.

        Arthur – Not exactly. Benavidez first. I was a GM Skilled trade supervisor for 7 years. I have Multiple 100, 200 and 300 level classes labor relations from the West Point of Auto Manufacturing, The General Motors Institute where I was a awarded a BS with honors. So I will self anoint as a TTAC expert on this. MS From Georgia Tech too.

        All of the benefits you list of unions were gained well before 1950 when:
        – US and canada autos were 99% made here. No $3 /hour China & mexico stuff.
        – Plants here were barbaric. Changes were needed, happened and became the norm.
        – Now because the UAW mafia have a lock on plants here, pay for turning a nut on a bolt gets you $80,000 /yr and they work 5 hours /day.

        Dont blame Reagan. Thats VERY shallow thinking. Flooding the country with China made stuff hurt the middle class. BILL CLINTON OPENED THE GATES!
        Give the leftie talking points a rest.
        PS- Bill Clinton was a Democrat: a union man -allegedly !

        • 0 avatar

          “EB – You are correct again. Bang on. Top marks.”

          It’s a habit. Some really have issues with it too. But it feels good that someone as educated as you clearly are on the subject recognize how right I am. High praise. I certainly don’t have the experience or education you do, but as they say:

          If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

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