Former national president Jerry Dias, according to Unifor, took $50,000 from a provider of COVID-19 fast test kits, which he marketed to Unifor members’ employers, some of whom purchased the test kits.
Lana Payne, Unifor national secretary-treasurer, has been charged for violating the Unifor constitution’s code of ethics and democratic practices, according to an internal probe.
The executive board of the union will now hold a hearing on the topic.
Unifor did not identify the companies who bought the kits or the supplier.
In a separate statement to union members, Dias says he is entering a residential rehabilitation facility and stepping away temporarily from all of his advisory positions due to his use of pain killers, sleeping pills and alcohol to deal with a sciatic nerve issue.
He says these factors have impaired his judgment in recent months and is seeking treatment at the advice of his doctor.
Source_ The Canadian Press