December 07, 2018

Unifor boss Jerry Dias blames Oshawa GM plant closure on — Doug Ford

David MenziesMission Specialist

GM’s dilemma was both sad, yet predictable as previously explained when the Oshawa plant closure was first announced. 

But while there’s plenty of blame to go around, and the plant closure is a done deal, Unifor boss Jerry Dias recently blamed Ontario Premier Doug Ford.

I get it: Dias has to put up a valiant fight to convince GM not to leave Oshawa, but that doesn’t excuse his surreal comments.

First of all, the Ford PCs haven’t even been in office for five months, yet they somehow wear this? And where’s his condemnation of the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals who ruled Ontario for the past 15 years and brought in the job-killing Green Energy Act?

Furthermore, the “language” Dias used while presumably trying to curry favour with the ruling provincial government, isn’t exactly out of The Art of The Deal!

Its’ not clear what Dias thinks the premier or even the Prime Minister can do to sway the opinion of GM’s CEO, unless he’s suggesting we go full-Libtard and nationalize GM in order to keep Oshawa’s rank and file gainfully employed.

That does seem to be the game plan in Canada – embracing the Bombardier business model. If precious few customers want to buy something, don’t kill it – subsidize it.

Unifor represents unionized journalists in Canada, and as we’ve seen the Trudeau Liberals recently announced a bailout of “approved” media properties to the tune of almost $600M of YOUR tax dollars.

Taxpayers are going to be subsidizing newspapers and magazines hardly anyone is buying anymore, so why not subsidize or own the factory that produces full-size sedans hardly anyone is buying any more too?

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commented 2018-12-10 07:08:11 -0500
The reverse of course being that “they can never do no wrong”???
commented 2018-12-10 07:06:41 -0500
Just out of curiosity – has there EVER been a union boss that has taken responsibility for a company going under? EVER?
commented 2018-12-09 12:30:09 -0500
Jerry Dias is a shameless Liberal political hack. Unifor is a joke with him at the helm.
commented 2018-12-07 20:16:53 -0500
Way to call out that greasy, commie thug, Menzoid.
Calling a spade a spade is a moral truth, and the right thing to do! Kinda like what journalism is supposed to be.
Is it any surprise…a morally bankrupt, conniving scoundrel like Dias, who betrays his clients and the employers alike, while raking it in off the backs of those he supposed to represent and help, in order to advance his own evil, Canada-hating political agenda…is a lefty Liberal, Justin-butt lickin’ whore?
No surprise to me…that’s how the Liberals roll.

This is pure speculation…but I’ll bet Dias makes his sycophants call him Il Duce in private!
commented 2018-12-07 18:12:34 -0500
David Menzies asks, “Why is the head of the Canadian Autoworkers so delusional when facing reality?”

David, that is an easy one! Because he is a Libtard!
commented 2018-12-07 16:56:25 -0500
As a life time GM/Chevrolet owner, I dropped them for my first ever Ford product, when they took the bailout and become forever more “Government Motors”, in my opinion. I think the bulk of the demise should be placed squarely on the shoulders of the greedy Union bosses, like Dias. No sympathy from me, Dias – you can wear the consequences of helping put Trudeau and the Liberanos in office.
commented 2018-12-07 16:16:21 -0500
Henry Reardon : Regarding “Have the unions given even a passing thought to the idea of taking a pay cut to preserve their own jobs?” The answer is…no…not now…not ever.
Many unions purpose,for a long time now,have not been to represent the workers.They have been about consolidating political power and getting as many dues payers as possible from as many sources as possible because that means “big bucks”. This helps buy more political power.Then they can attempt to influence their rank and file members to cast their votes for a preferred political party,which gains them more political power….They have their elite the same as many other factions have, in our present society and the upper deck always manage to draw a very healthy paycheque and perks,regardless of economic conditions,which is a nice deal…..
commented 2018-12-07 15:34:27 -0500
Plain and simple, Diaz is scum that lives off of others hard earnings, doesn’t get lower + he constantly passes the buck on fault, that says it all.
commented 2018-12-07 14:41:07 -0500
Give Unifor time and they will blame the Rebel also. Going to be some angry Muslims in Oshawa, they will be out of a job. Oh well I guess they will take up their Zombie Knife skills again.
commented 2018-12-07 14:40:13 -0500
I remember reading an article several years back in which someone had determined that if the value of their benefits were factored in, the average auto worker was getting $99/hour! That’s pretty phenomenal pay and must surely be a significant factor in the profitability of auto makers in this country. I wonder how much wages and benefits have increased since I read that article? (I can’t remember wages and benefits ever going down.) Have the unions given even a passing thought to the idea of taking a pay cut to preserve their own jobs?