Retired union leader Jerry Dias under investigation for allegedly breaching Unifor constitution, union says | CBC News

Jerry Dias — the longtime head of Canada’s largest non-public sector union who retired simply days in the past — has been underneath investigation for the reason that finish of January for allegedly breaching his union’s structure.

A press release from Unifor issued Monday mentioned that the union acquired a written grievance alleging that Dias “engaged in an alleged breach of the Unifor Structure.”

“As a way to make sure the integrity of the continued investigation and to keep up confidentiality in accordance with the Unifor Structure, specifics of the grievance is not going to be divulged presently,” the assertion mentioned.

After receiving the grievance, Unifor nationwide secretary-treasurer Lana Payne initiated an impartial exterior investigation.

Dias was first notified of the investigation on January 29. He introduced that he was taking medical depart on Feb. 6. On March 11, Dias cited well being points as he introduced his retirement.

Dias had mentioned he would retire in August after his third time period as nationwide president. In a press release launched by Unifor on Sunday, he was quoted as saying he felt the union was in good fingers. 

“After eight and a half years I can proudly say we’ve constructed an unimaginable group and made Unifor the influential and profitable union it’s right this moment,” Dias mentioned within the assertion.

“I’ve all the boldness the management, employees and locals will proceed to construct Unifor right into a daring and progressive drive for working folks from coast to coast to coast.”

In that very same assertion, Payne thanked Dias for his work — giving no trace of an investigation into the previous president’s actions.

“On behalf of our members and our management group, we want Jerry properly and thank him for his quite a few and impactful contributions to working folks over a few years, from his days representing aerospace staff on the store flooring to nationwide president of Canada’s largest non-public sector union,” mentioned Payne.

The Unifor board is anticipated to satisfy within the coming days to resolve on subsequent steps for the management of the union, which represents 315,000 staff.

Two folks have already got introduced bids for the nationwide presidency: Unifor Native 444 president Dave Cassidy and Scott Doherty, Dias’ government assistant.

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