May 22, 2015

UNIFOR chief joins "March For Jobs" climate activists -- who want to put his members out of work

Marissa SemkiwArchive

A climate rally in Toronto brought together author/activist Naomi Klein and Jerry Dias, head of UNIFOR, Canada's largest private sector union.

What was Dias thinking?

It's a strange pairing because Klein hates the oil sands -- but UNIFOR members include thousands of energy sector workers.

What was Dias doing slumming with people who want to destroy his members' jobs?

And what do those members think about this?

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commented 2015-05-26 15:31:47 -0400
Good reporting Marissa. Thank you.
commented 2015-05-25 21:09:25 -0400
Dana Moore, thanks for the tip!
commented 2015-05-25 16:21:48 -0400
If anyone is interested is putting out ads to the public concerning the unions interference in the Federal election, worth looking into…
commented 2015-05-25 15:14:29 -0400
Dias is a mole.
commented 2015-05-24 02:11:03 -0400
Show me the money, where it comes from and where it goes, simple questions.
commented 2015-05-23 08:40:56 -0400
I just can’t get over UNIFOR’s website, in the FAQ, it states “What does the name ‘Unifor’ mean?
The name “Unifor” is intentionally ambiguous.” Of course it is, so it can’t ever be accused of having a conflict of interest.
But isn’t it about time that unions, both private and public, were brought to account for their activities? How much of their tax-free revenue really goes toward services for members, as opposed to financing back-room political lobbying, social justice campaigns, fundraising and advertising?
I’m neither for or against unions per se… until I see the numbers, that is. Show me the money, as they say. That’s all I ask.
commented 2015-05-23 00:35:50 -0400
Once again we see the disconnect between ideology and common sense. At some point UNIFOR should wake up and represent all their members and not just the agenda set out by Dias.
commented 2015-05-22 23:38:34 -0400
Welcome to politics, where logic and critical thinking go out the window!
commented 2015-05-22 22:45:47 -0400
The union executive and the native chiefs seem to have a problem with being exposed. They know that if the truth ever comes out, the money, power, control and tax gig is up. I find it disgusting that they are able to have such influence in our democratic process. I think it is wrong, and should be illegal.
commented 2015-05-22 22:37:50 -0400
Hypocrisy at its finest. Union leaders just saying what the current audience wants to hear. Next week, a new audience with a new message. By the way, no point in layed off oil patch workers building turbines and solar panels, the Chinese have that market lock up.
commented 2015-05-22 20:42:53 -0400
Shows how difficult it is for socialists to remain coherent. Dias and Unifor have a radio ad attacking Harper for not creating enough jobs and then pals with people who would kill jobs. Doesn’t criticize Wynne who went to Washington with a message that her government denounces economic growth as it is bad for the environment.
commented 2015-05-22 18:53:52 -0400
It is almost the end of May and a beautiful women like Marissa have to wear a coat while outdoors. I would love to see real global warming coming to Ontario…
commented 2015-05-22 18:08:01 -0400
The UNIFOR agenda is to get Harper so that the NDP can quash the bill requiring unions bosses to expose their spending. Protecting members is lower on the list than keeping union execs out of jail!
commented 2015-05-22 17:56:14 -0400
Unless Jerry is there to defend his members in the oil sands from these enviro nuts, it is truly puzzling and he should be held accountable by the membership.
commented 2015-05-22 17:55:17 -0400
Thanks for putting the truth out there, Marissa. It sure isn’t going to come from the leftist union bosses whose blind devotion to every cultural Marxist cause is just going to shaft their own members.
commented 2015-05-22 17:31:02 -0400
Unifor dias is much too stupid to understand that the socialists/liberals/communists/marxists agenda, where ewnions come from, are now on a direct collision course with dias’ source of cash – his ewnion members.

Whayda go dias, stupidhead. Socialists/liberals/communists/marxists historically cannibalize themselves given enough time.

BTW, how’s your french dias? National union, right dias? Don’t worry, I can’t speak french either. But then again, I am not stupidhead for Unifor.
commented 2015-05-22 17:20:38 -0400
Union leaders on the political activism level assume that employers are obliged to pay salaries as an exercise in “social justice” and that the tax payers are morally obliged to subsidize what employers default on. Problem is they never seem to have any difficulty finding political opportunists who agree with them.