Newly elected Unifor leader says he is taking labour movement on the offensive
The president of the new Unifor union says he plans to use Unifor's size to influence change in labour relations in Canada.
Jerry Dias, a veteran of the Canadian Auto Workers, was elected president at Unifor's founding convention in Toronto.
The Canadian Auto Workers union and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada have merged to form Unifor, which is Canada's largest private sector union.
In his acceptance speech, Dias says it's time for the labour movement to start setting the agenda.
Dias was an early favourite to win the presidency of Unifor, and won the election easily with about 87 per cent support.
The union will initially represent more than 300-thousand workers across roughly 20 sectors of the economy, primarily in manufacturing, communications and transportation.
The C-E-P and C-A-W voted last year to join forces, a move they hope will boost the national labour movement.