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movement in Canada otherwise we couldn’t
have the type of success that we expected or
desire politically, not just for us, but for working-
class people in general,” he says. “I will argue that
strengthening the labour movement was really
Step 1 in the overall process of changing the
politics of the country.”
At the time Unifor was born Ontarians were
heading into a provincial election, where the
Progressive Conservatives, led by Tim Hudak,
were frontrunners in the polls and riding on a
Right to Work platform comparable to that in the
United States.
“Our union played one major role in ensuring
Tim Hudak was defeated,” Dias declares. “We also
used the opportunity to communicate directly
with our members like we never had and con-
tinue to this day, and is something we need to
continue to be better at doing.”
During the intervening 36 months there has
been a notable change in the labour movement
and politically, which means Dias and Unifor
have been successful in their itinerary to date. To
that end he credits the union for being the most
vocal in the country.
“Everybody has pulled together in building
Jerry Dias and B.C. Premier Christy Clark are seen here signing a new agreement with union and non-
union truckers to end the strike that snarled shipping at the Port Metro Vancouver for almost a month
in early 2014.
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