QUEBEC — Unifor says Jerry Dias has been acclaimed as national president of the union for a third and final three-year term.
It says he was appointed at the union's national convention in Quebec City, where Lana Payne was chosen as secretary-treasurer.
Unifor represents 23,500 members, working at various facilities owned by General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Ford. Most of the members work in one of five major auto assembly plants in Windsor, Oshawa, Oakville, Ingersoll and Brampton, Ont. Auto assembly is set to end in Oshawa at the end of 2019 and FCA will cut a shift at its Windsor minivan plant at year-end.
Unifor is preparing to start contract talks with the Detroit Three in 2020. Most of the contracts at those assembly plants end in Sept. 2020.
Unifor is also Canada’s lead union for auto parts workers, representing more than 16,000 members at various independent parts facilities.
Dias, who has been a vocal critic of Opposition leader Andrew Scheer and the Conservative party, starts his new term as Canada prepares for a federal election this fall.
He says in a statement that he is energized to continue to lead the union as it continues the fight for social justice.
Dias previously worked in aerospace manufacturing before taking on the role of assistant to the Canadian Auto Workers union president. He became the first president of Unifor in 2013 when the CAW and other labour groups merged.
Unifor is Canada's largest private union, representing 315,000 workers in a wide range of sectors.