Unifor leader Jerry Dias retires early after sick leave

President Jerry Diaz of Unifour will give a gesture to members of the Negotiations Committee after announcing a three-year collective bargaining agreement with Ford Motor Company at a press conference in Toronto on September 22, 2020. (Canada Press / Chris Young)

The head of Canada’s largest private sector union has retired as the organization says it is an ongoing health problem.

In a statement, Unifour said President Jerry Diaz will resign after a term of more than eight years.

According to a statement, Diaz notified the union’s National Executive Committee of his immediate retirement on Friday, just one month after taking medical leave.

Mr. Unifor said he was planning to retire at a constitutional meeting in Toronto in August, but said he was still working on health issues.

The Board will meet in the coming days to determine the next steps for the leadership of the union on behalf of 315,000 workers.

National Secretary and Treasurer Lana Payne would like to thank Diaz for his contributions to the people who worked, from his time representing aerospace workers at the manufacturing floor to his presidency.

Diaz says he has all the confidence in his leadership, staff and locals to continue to build Unifor into a bold and progressive force.

“After eight and a half years, we can proudly say that we have built an incredible organization and made Unifor an influential and successful union today,” Dias said in a statement. increase.

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