2017 ITALIAN OF THE YEAR DINO CHIODO
August 2017, Dino Chiodo was appointed the Director – Auto Industry Sector with the Unifor National out of the Windsor Regional Office.
Dino 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 of the facility representing over 1200 workers across three shifts; one quarter of the entire plants population at that time. In that position, Dino gained the experience needed to quickly become the First Vice-President in 2008 and four years later, in 2012, President of CAW/Unifor Local 444.
Under Dino’s leadership, Local 444 has revived the Veteran’s Committee, Youth Committee, and the Aboriginal & Workers of Colour Caucus, the activism of Local 444 members is renowned throughout the community of Windsor/Essex and indeed the entire Province.
In September 2013, Dino was elected Chairperson of the Ontario Regional Council, responsible for almost every sector of the economy, representing approximately 160,000 Unifor members throughout the Province.
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.
One of Dino’s previous roles was that of President of the Windsor & District Labour Council where he served for over six years in that capacity and although no longer the President of that group 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, Aboriginal
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, the United Way as a Cabinet
Member and Member of the Board of Governors, the Collective Impact Steering Committee for Windsor & Essex County, Plentiful Harvest and the Unemployed Help Centre of Windsor. 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.
Dino is the recipient of the 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award as well as the 2014 St. Clair College Alumni of Distinction Award.
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. Dino was born in December 1970 in Windsor, Ontario. His parents, Goffredo and Luisa were born in Casale Catanzaro Calabria and they immigrated to Canada in 1959.
The Italian of the Year banquet is Saturday March 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. with proceeds helping to support a Scholarship in Italian Studies at the University of Windsor.