Tag: Han Sang-gyun

UAW Takes Action to Support Incarcerated Korean Trade Unionists

A UAW representative recently returned from a trip to South Korea to try to secure the release of two key labor leaders jailed for their union activity. Since December 2015 Han San-gyun, who was President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) has been imprisoned for representing his members. And last December, KCTU General Secretary Lee Young-joo, was also arrested following a 10-day hunger strike and two years of house arrest. There are other trade unionists charged or incarcerated as well. The UAW International Executive Board passed a resolution calling for the pardon and release of these trade unionists ... Read more

Sign the petition: Release Jailed Korean Trade Unionists #freehan

Since December 2015, Han Sang-gyun, President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), has been incarcerated and KCTU General Secretary Lee Young-joo has been under house arrest.  The charges against both unionists relate to organizing a public protest against regressive labor law reforms put forth by the government of former South Korean President Park Gyun-hye.  For nearly two years, Han has been denied the right to sit down at the dinner table with his family.  He is permitted only five visits per month.  For Secretary Lee, her movements have been restricted to the KCTU headquarters.  Several other South Korean ... Read more

UAW President Dennis Williams Delivers Remarks Ahead of Human Rights Award Presentation to Jailed South Korean Labor Leader

(ST. LOUIS, Missouri) – Standing before U.S. and international labor leaders at the AFL-CIO national convention Tuesday, UAW President Dennis Williams delivered remarks before AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka presented the storied George Meany-Lane Kirkland Human Rights Award to the jailed Korean labor leader Han Sang-gyun (pronounced HAHN SAHNG-GUHN). Since December 2015, Sang-gyun, president of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), has been incarcerated and KCTU General Secretary Lee Young-joo has been under house arrest.  The charges against both unionists relate to organizing a public protest against regressive labor law reforms put forth by the government of former South Korean President ... Read more