Tag: KCTU

Statement of UAW President Dennis Williams on the Release of Former KCTU President Han Sang-Gyuan

Today the UAW is pleased that former President Han Sang-gyun of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions is finally free. Hundreds of UAW members signed a petition for his release and the UAW International Executive Board called for President Han’s release. While we are pleased that President Han has been released from prison we hope that soon the government of South Korea will recognize it is unacceptable to imprison anyone for exercising free speech, assembly, and association. As we celebrate this release, we know that our work is not done. Former KCTU General Secretary Lee Young-joo remains in detention for her role ... 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

UAW International Executive Board calls for release of unjustly held trade unionists in South Korea

DETROIT, MICH. – The UAW International Executive Board (IEB) on Tuesday passed a resolution calling for the release of unjustly charged and imprisoned trade unionists in South Korea, including President Han Sang-gyun of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) and KCTU General Secretary, Lee Young-joo.  Specifically, the resolution calls on the Government of the Republic of Korea to “rescind all sentences and drop all charges against trade unionists that are related to peaceful protest, including those against President Han and General Secretary Lee.” While the IEB was taking this action, representatives from the UAW went to the Embassy of the Republic ... Read more