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Unifor membership elects Lana Payne as new leader

Unifor is the largest private-sector union in Canada, representing more than 300,000 members

Lana Payne has been elected as the new national president of Unifor, Canada's biggest private-sector union. (Twitter/Unifor)

Lana Payne has been elected as the new national president of Unifor, Canada's biggest private-sector union.

Photo: (Twitter/Unifor)

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In its first contested election in almost 10 years, Canada's largest private-sector union has elected Lana Payne as the new national president of Unifor. 

She is the first woman to hold the position.

Payne was previously national secretary-treasurer of Unifor. She defeated executive assistant to the president Scott Doherty and Unifor Local 444 president Dave Cassidy.

In a statement, Unifor said as part of her campaign, Payne championed the need for greater transparency and accountability in the union.

In her role as secretary-treasurer, Payne initiated an independent external investigation into former Unifor president Jerry Dias in January. Dias was accused of taking money for recommending a company supplying COVID-19 test kits to Unifor employers (new window). He announced his eventual retirement from Unifor's leadership in March. 

Dias was first elected national president in 2013. He was the first president of Unifor, which was formed after the Canadian Auto Workers Union merged with the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (new window).

Unifor represents more than 300,000 workers across Canada in a wide range of industries.

Gillian Wheatley (new window) · CBC News 

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