World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership

Posted By: May 18, 2018

World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership

Richard L. Trumka, President AFL-CIO, first recipient

“It is an incredible privilege to accept this honor. More importantly, I’m proud

to  continue working in solidarity with Fr. McManus and the WPPAC.”

— President Richard Trumka.


CAPITOL HILL. Washington, DC. Thursday, May 17, 2018.—The date of the presentation of the World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership has been changed from June 6 to Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Details below.


The World Peace Prize Awarding Council is a 14-member panel of international and interfaith judges, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Its Washington, DC office is led by Fr. Sean Mc Manus, Chief Judge, and Barbara Flaherty, Judge and Corporate Manager—both also lead the Irish National Caucus.

The Founder/Leader of the World Peace Prize, Presbyterian Minister, Rev. Dr. Han Min Su explained: “We are pleased that our International and Interfaith Board has unanimously agreed to endorse the proposal of our Washington Office to institute the World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership. We see the worldwide Labor/Union Movement as one of the major pillars of world peace because we deeply believe that if you want peace, you must strive for justice—including the justice of a living wage for working men and women.”

First Recipient

                                                                                                                             Fr. Sean McManus and President Richard L. Trumka, AFL-CIO


Fr. Sean Mc Manus, Chief Judge of WPPAC, explained: “We are delighted and honored that President Richard L. Trumka, AFL-CIO,  will be the very first recipient of the World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership. No one more deserves it than President Trumka. He has shown a lifetime of dedicated service to the cause of Labor. He is a most impressive leader, a very fine man, and a fearless defender of the rights of working men and women.”


President Trumka said: “It is an incredible privilege to accept this honor. More importantly, I’m
proud to continue working in solidarity with Fr. McManus and the WPPAC. Fighting for global
justice and peace means fighting for working families. It means standing up for the freedom to
sustain a family while still being able to take time off to care for a loved one, receive quality
healthcare and enjoy a secure retirement. If we join together, we can and will win that fight.”


The Award will be presented in a ceremony at 2:30 —4:30 PM on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the AFL-CIO Headquarters, 815 16th St., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006.


Barbara Flaherty, who will chair the event, said: ” I greatly look forward to this presentation which salutes the

the leadership of President Trumka and his work for equality, solidarity, justice, and  world peace.”


The World Peace Prize was initiated in Seoul, South Korea in 1989 by the visionary Reverend Dr. Han Min Su, a Presbyterian Minister who has dedicated his life to promoting world peace by bringing together East and West and representatives of all the major world religions: Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Catholicism, Protestantism, Orthodox and Zoroastrianism.