Jerry Dias

Jerry Dias
Union Leader

Born and raised in Toronto.

My parents lived a classic immigrant life here in Canada. They located here from another country to, hopefully, be able to give their children the opportunity that they never had. My mother worked at a factory for years, and yearsJerry Dias.

The Portuguese-Guyanese-Canadian Jerry Dias was born in Toronto in 1958 into a working class immigrant household and neighbourhood. He followed in his union leader father’s footsteps and became one of Canada’s most influential trade unionists as the founding president of Unifor, the largest private sector union in the country.


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