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Jerry Dias, President of Unifor the Union, to Speak at St. Lawrence College

2014-03-27, 9:21 AM

Famed Union Leader, MacLean’s 3rd Most Powerful Man in Canada to Deliver Talk on the Future of the Labour Movement in Canada

On Wednesday April 2nd, 2014 Jerry Dias, the president of Unifor the Union will be speaking at St. Lawrence College in Davies Hall at 11:30am. Dias will be delivering a speech about the Unifor campaign The Good Jobs Revolution, which focuses on hope for the future and better jobs. The speaking engagement is open to anyone in the community who would like to attend and will end with an open question and answer segment with the audience.

Regarding the speaking engagement, business student Ruby McClenaghan said, “This is an extremely exciting opportunity and the School of Business is abuzz with anticipation for this event. Jerry Dias is a dynamic speaker and he and his union Unifor have had a huge media presence since forming in August of 2013.” Ruby McClenaghan is chair of the committee of St. Lawrence School of Business students organizing the event.

Faculty advisor to the event committee, Grant Currie said, “Over the past three years our Fast Track Human Resource Students have organized a labour forum. Which is an opportunity for St. Lawrence College Students to hear first-hand from senior members of organized labour. This year we are thrilled that Jerry Dias, President of UNIFOR has taken time out of his schedule to share his thoughts on the future of this new union, Unifor.”

Business Administration Fast Track Human Resources students are organizing this speaking engagement as a culmination of their final year of studies at the college and their passion about labour relations.

About Jerry Dias: Jerry Dias was elected at the Unifor Founding Convention on August 31, 2013 as the first National President. He is an experienced and trusted negotiator and organizer, taking on corporate giants from General Motors to Boeing to Coca-Cola. Jerry is a committed trade unionist, focused on the needs of local union leaders and rank-and-file members. As plant chair in 1985, Jerry led the work stoppage that resulted in the current day national Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) – which includes the right to know about dangerous materials.


Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291