November 20, 2017
Windsor, ON – On Friday, November 24, 2017, United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County, in partnership with the Windsor & District Labour Council, will host the 40th Annual Labour Appreciation Night at the Ciociaro Club of Windsor, honouring this year’s recipient of the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award, Dino Chiodo, UNIFOR Auto Director.
For the past 18 years Dino has followed in the footsteps of great UNIFOR, UAW and CAW leaders. Dino knows the value of working towards a better life inside the plant and in the community. Under Dino’s leadership, UNIFOR Local 444 has revived many committees dedicated to social change, such as the Veteran’s Committee, Youth Committee, and the Aboriginal & Workers of Colour Caucus.
“Dino is a passionate, articulate, and progressive union leader whose commitment to his community extends far beyond the union hall,” says Lorraine Goddard, CEO, United Way. “We have been lucky to witness his passion for Windsor-Essex first-hand as a United Way Board and Cabinet Member. He is a very deserving recipient of this award.”
United Way/Centraide Windsor-Essex County and the Windsor & District Labour Council co-created the Charles E. Brooks Community Service Award, which is presented annually to a trade unionist in recognition of outstanding contributions in the area of voluntary community service.
"Dino’s efforts are tireless when it comes to helping working people and their families. He works with a broad base of community partners to serve his membership and his community," says Brian Hogan, President of the Windsor & District Labour Council.
EVENT DETAILS: Doors open at the Ciociaro Club at 5:30 p.m. Presentation begins after 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. This year’s keynote address will be given by Jerry Dias, National UNIFOR President.
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DINO CHIODO BIOGRAPHY
Dino Chiodo has followed in the footsteps of other great leaders of UNIFOR 444 and its previous unions, the UAW and CAW. Like Charlie Brooks and those that came after him, Dino knows the value of working towards a better life inside the plant and in the community.
Dino Chiodo began his union career in 1999 as an elected Workplace Representative at the Windsor Assembly Plant. In 2005 he was elected as the Committee person of the Trim Division,representing over 1,200 workers. He became First Vice-President in 2008 and four years later, in 2012, President of CAW/UNIFOR Local 444. In September 2013, Dino was elected Chairperson of the Ontario Regional Council, responsible for approximately 160,000 UNIFOR members throughout the province.
Under Dino's leadership, Local 444 has revived the Veteran's Committee, Youth Committee, and the Aboriginal & Workers of Colour Caucus. He is the elected Chairperson of the FCA Master Bargaining committee and has led negotiations with FCA in September 2012 and more recently in 2016. Faced with the toughest round of bargaining yet at the Detroit Three, Dino has been able to lead a bargaining committee that was able to secure positive gains and hold the line on future concessions for his 17,500 active and retired members of his local union and throughout all of FCA Canada. In 2017 Dino was appointed in the position of National Auto Director for UNIFOR.
Dino was the President of the Windsor & District Labour Council for over six years and he remains active with the leadership of the affiliated unions in the region. He has been an advocate for workers' rights as well as issues pertaining to women, young workers, Aboriginals, and workers of colour and immigrant workers. His efforts in building the community of Windsor/Essex are recognized with his many achievements as a Chairperson of the Labour Sponsored Community Development Group and as a Board member for multiple groups, including the CAW Childcare Board, WOHIS, the Labour Advisory Council, United Way as a Cabinet Member and Member of the Board of Directors, the Collective Impact Steering Committee for Windsor & Essex County, Plentiful Harvest and the Unemployed Help Centre. He is always working on a project with community partners which will advance the causes of working people and their families.
In 2014 Dino, along with partners from the Windsor Chamber of Commerce, the University of Windsor and St. Clair College of Applied Arts and Technology hosted the first ever Windsor Policy and Solutions Forum aimed at bringing academics, business, politicians, government advisers and Labour groups together to talk about the Auto Industry and its importance to Canada.
When he gets breaks in his hectic schedule, he enjoys spending time with his family and although he must spend a good deal of time away from home, he always ensures he makes time for his beautiful daughter Brooklynn and his wife Deborah.
2017 marks the 40th year of the Charles E. Brooks Labour Community Service Award being presented. Please join us in congratulating Dino Chiodo as the 2017 Charles E. Brooks recipient!