Posted By: October 20, 2015

 Seoul/Washington. October 15, 2015.

The World Peace Prize Awarding Council (WPPAC) has announced that Richard L. Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, is to receive its World Peace Prize-Top Honor on February 3, 2016.

The Seoul, South Korea-based Founder and Master Planner of the World Peace Prize, Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, said: “Our Washington office, headed by Fr. Sean Mc Manus and Barbara Flaherty of the Irish National Caucus, nominated the Honorable Mr. Trumka. Our 14-member panel of international and interfaith judges unanimously selected President Trumka. In doing so, symbolically, East meets West; and, religiously, all Faiths—of the world’s nine major religions: Judaism, lslam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Russian Orthodox and Zoroastrianism— symbolically come together to honor a great leader of American Labor.

We congratulate President Trumka, while also knowing that his acceptance honors our noble idea and mission of world peace.”

Fr. Mc Manus, Chief Judge (WPPAC), said: “Sometimes peace awards are maybe too often identified with the West, and with career diplomats and politicians. But surely the constant and daily peace builders are those who work for justice—and seeking justice for working men and women—not just in the USA but also throughout the world. Nobody better personifies that spirit than President Trumka, for, as Pope Paul VI reminded us, ‘peace is the fruit of justice.’ And Pope John Paul II reminded us that: ‘[Solidarity] then is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.’ Again, who better personifies that spirit than President Trumka?”

Barbara Flaherty, Judge and Corporate Manager (WPPAC) said: “I congratulate President Trumka. I look forward to the Presentation Ceremony, which I have the honor to Chair at the AFL-CIO headquarters on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 2:30 PM.”

President Trumka said: “I am deeply honored to receive this important recognition. In my work building global labor solidarity and fighting for the dignity of work, I hope I have made and will continue to make a contribution to world peace and understanding. I’d like to thank Rev. Dr. Han Min Su and the WPPAC for this honor.”


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