Local 444’s Cassidy to announce candidacy for Unifor’s national presidency

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Unifor Local 444 President Dave Cassidy will declare his candidacy for the union’s national presidency at a press conference at 9 am Tuesday at Local 444’s hall on Turner Road.

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Cassidy confirmed his intention on Monday evening in a posting on Local 444’s Facebook page.

“Although many of you have not felt it. . . Uniform is … your union,” Cassidy wrote. “it’s time all of you believed that this is your union.

“Tomorrow I am having a press conference to declare my intentions of running for the national president of Unifor.”

Unifor national president Jerry Dias, who is currently on leave for health-related issues, is stepping down in August.

Cassidy said he’s been urged to run for office from a wide array of sources.

“For the past several months, I have been getting calls from presidents (former and present) urging me to run consider running for national president,” Cassidy said.

“Believe me, it has been very humbling. Since then, our executive board, our executive council, our Stellantis council has all endorsed me to run for national president.”

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Cassidy also seemed to stake out some early ground on why he was running and what his priorities would be in his pursuit of the position.

“Though politics and social fabric are essential, they must come second to the members and their jobs,” Cassidy said.

“As my dad always said, ‘Keep the main, the main thing.’ To me, that’s our jobs and job security.”

Cassidy said he’d remain in his position as Local 444 president during the national leadership race. Local 444 represents 20,000 active and retired members in 31 workplaces.

Cassidy started his career with what was then Chrysler as an electrician apprentice in 1993. He’s in his second term as local president after having served 10 years as Local 444 secretary treasurer.

He’s also a member of Unifor’s national board of directors.

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