United Way Message from Unifor National

Jerry Dias

The annual United Way campaigns are now underway. In each of our communities, the United Way has a
proven ability to make a profound difference. By supporting the United Way, we contribute to
reducing inequality, alleviating poverty and building stronger and more inclusive communities.

We all know the impact that the recession, the erosion of the manufacturing base and the rise in
low-wage, precarious work, has had on our communities. In many cases, it has meant that our
members, who in the past have been strong supporters of their local United Way Campaigns, are now
looking to United Way agencies for support.

The United Way was established to provide a community response to local problems. If not for the
United Way, many of the agencies created to provide support would fold – and vulnerable community
members would be alone and without the support they need and deserve. In addition to ensuring
essential, life-changing services and programs that thrive in our communities, the United Way also
advocates for public policy that will ensure lasting solutions.

As Unifor members, we are committed to ensuring the well-being of all. I urge all Unifor members to
support their local United Way campaign both by giving generously and volunteering where possible.
In solidarity,
National President