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NEW TEAMSTERS LEADER, SEAN O’BRIEN, APPLAUDS WORLD PEACE PRIZE

 GREGORY FLOYD NAMED A LAUREATE OF WORLD PEACE PRIZE
First Teamster to Receive Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace”
General President O’Brien “applauds” selection

Capitol Hill—Monday, April 4, 2022—A Teamster trailblazer for over 35 years has been selected a Laureate of the World Peace Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace.”

New Yorker Gregory Floyd, President of Teamsters Local 237 and Teamsters International Vice President-At Large, as well as a Trustee of New York City’s Employees’ Retirement System, will receive the prize at a date and location to be later announced. Mr. Floyd is a well-respected Black labor leader, long acknowledged as a significant force in the City’s labor movement, especially among public sector workers. Teamsters Local 237

is the largest public sector Local within the IBT.

The announcement was made by Fr. Sean McManus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus/ Irish Peace Foundation, and Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize, which is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. The World Peace Prize was founded in 1989 by the late Presbyterian Minister, Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, and consists of a panel of International and Inter-Faith judges (representing all nine major world religious groups).

Fr. Mc Manus said: “When we became involved with the World Peace Prize, we wanted to strongly make the point that working for peace, in fact, means working for justice all the time, day in day out, year after year. And what group in America better exemplifies this since the late 1880s?” The American Labor Movement/Organized Labor works for justice for working women and men. Therefore, the Labor Movement and its leaders ought to be seen as very suitable potential candidates for the World Peace Prize.

Fr. McManus further explained: “We took our vision to the late, great, and beloved Richard L. Trumka, President, AFL-CIO. He loved the idea, and enthusiastically wanted to help us launch it throughout the Labor Movement—symbolically doing so on February 3, 2016, at his own Washington AFL-CIO Headquarters by being the first Labor recipient of the World Peace Prize.”

President Floyd said: “It is a tremendous honor to receive the World Peace Prize. When I review the names of past recipients, I am humbled to be considered a member of such a prestigious group. It is with great pride that on behalf of Teamsters Local 237 and the entire International Brotherhood of Teamsters, I accept this award.”

Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien said: “On behalf of the 1.3 million members of International Brotherhood of Teamsters—as well as our General Executive Board—I want to congratulate Greg for receiving this award. We applaud this organization’s mission of connecting labor’s fight for justice with the fight for justice on many other fronts. Greg has been fighting on behalf of working families his entire life and is deserving of this honor.”

Fr. McManus warmly welcomed General President O’Brien’s praise for the selection of President Floyd as a World Peace Prize laureate. And he concluded: “I greatly appreciate General President O’Brien’s applauding the mission of the World Peace Prize and his seeing the importance of the connection we have made between Labor’s historic fight for justice and the building of World Peace—just as did the late, great, and beloved President Trumka. So, now, two of the most powerful Labor leaders in American history have applauded our mission. We have been deeply touched by how much the World Peace Prize means to the individual laureates and to their respective Unions and Locals.” END.

 

GREGORY FLOYD NAMED A LAUREATE OF WORLD PEACE PRIZE

For release on Monday, April 4, 2022                                    Contact: Fr. Sean Mc Manus- 202-544-0568

 

 

 

 GREGORY FLOYD NAMED A LAUREATE OF WORLD PEACE PRIZE
First Teamster to Receive Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace”
General President O’Brien “applauds” selection

Capitol Hill—Monday, April 4, 2022—A Teamster trailblazer for over 35 years has been selected a Laureate of the World Peace Prize of “Roving Ambassador for Peace.”

New Yorker Gregory Floyd, President of Teamsters Local 237 and Teamsters International Vice President-At Large, as well as a Trustee of New York City’s Employees’ Retirement System, will receive the prize at a date and location to be later announced. Mr. Floyd is a well-respected Black labor leader, long acknowledged as a significant force in the City’s labor movement, especially among public sector workers. Teamsters Local 237

is the largest public sector Local within the IBT.

The announcement was made by Fr. Sean McManus, President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus/ Irish Peace Foundation, and Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize, which is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. The World Peace Prize was founded in 1989 by the late Presbyterian Minister, Rev. Dr. Han Min Su, and consists of a panel of International and Inter-Faith judges (representing all nine major world religious groups).

Fr. Mc Manus said: “When we became involved with the World Peace Prize, we wanted to strongly make the point that working for peace, in fact, means working for justice all the time, day in day out, year after year. And what group in America better exemplifies this since the late 1880s?” The American Labor Movement/Organized Labor works for justice for working women and men. Therefore, the Labor Movement and its leaders ought to be seen as very suitable potential candidates for the World Peace Prize.

Fr. McManus further explained: “We took our vision to the late, great, and beloved Richard L. Trumka, President, AFL-CIO. He loved the idea, and enthusiastically wanted to help us launch it throughout the Labor Movement—symbolically doing so on February 3, 2016, at his own Washington AFL-CIO Headquarters by being the first Labor recipient of the World Peace Prize.”

President Floyd said: “It is a tremendous honor to receive the World Peace Prize. When I review the names of past recipients, I am humbled to be considered a member of such a prestigious group. It is with great pride that on behalf of Teamsters Local 237 and the entire International Brotherhood of Teamsters, I accept this award.”

Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien said: “On behalf of the 1.3 million members of International Brotherhood of Teamsters—as well as our General Executive Board—I want to congratulate Greg for receiving this award. We applaud this organization’s mission of connecting labor’s fight for justice with the fight for justice on many other fronts. Greg has been fighting on behalf of working families his entire life and is deserving of this honor.”

Fr. McManus warmly welcomed General President O’Brien’s praise for the selection of President Floyd as a World Peace Prize laureate. And he concluded: “I greatly appreciate General President O’Brien’s applauding the mission of the World Peace Prize and his seeing the importance of the connection we have made between Labor’s historic fight for justice and the building of World Peace—just as did the late, great, and beloved President Trumka. So, now, two of the most powerful Labor leaders in American history have applauded our mission. We have been deeply touched by how much the World Peace Prize means to the individual laureates and to their respective Unions and Locals.” END.

 

 

WORLD PEACE PRIZE FOR SOLIDARITY … TO BE RE-NAMED “RICHARD L. TRUMKA WORLD PEACE PRIZE FOR SOLIDARITY.”

WORLD PEACE PRIZE FOR SOLIDARITY TO BE POSTHUMOUSLY PRESENTED TO FAMILY OF RICHARD L. TRUMKA, LATE PRESIDENT OF AFL-CIO …AND TO BE RE-NAMED “RICHARD L. TRUMKA WORLD PEACE PRIZE FOR SOLIDARITY.”

 

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WORLD PEACE PRIZE FOR SOLIDARITY TO BE POSTHUMOUSLY PRESENTED TO FAMILY OF RICHARD L. TRUMKA, AND RE-NAMED IN HIS HONOR

WORLD PEACE PRIZE FOR SOLIDARITY TO BE POSTHUMOUSLY PRESENTED TO FAMILY OF RICHARD L. TRUMKA, LATE PRESIDENT OF AFL-CIO …AND TO BE RE-NAMED “RICHARD L. TRUMKA WORLD PEACE PRIZE FOR SOLIDARITY.”          
 

CAPITOL HILL. Thursday, November 11, 2021— In February 2020, President Trumka, AFL-CIO, agreed to receive the World Peace Prize for Solidarity sometime in that year at his iconic AFL-CIO Headquarters in Washington, DC. But because his commitment to help Joe Biden win the presidency was so total he could not set a date … and then COVID-19 struck … and then the Great Man died August 5, 2021.

 Fr. Sean Mc Manus —President of the Irish Peace Foundation/Irish National Caucus, and Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize—said: “We were deeply shocked and saddened by President Trumka’ death. But we could not just let the World Peace Prize for Solidarity die with him because he so richly deserved it. Indeed, he personified it. He also was most keen to help us to launch it within the Labor Movement by being its first recipient—as he did for the first two tiers of the three-fold Prize: ‘Roving Ambassador for Peace,’ (February 3, 2016) and ‘World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership.’ (June 19, 2018).

 Fr. Mc Manus explained: “Now, we are delighted to announce that we will posthumously present his Prize to his wife Mrs. Barbara Trumka, and his son, Richard, Jr. and his family—at an appropriate time in Washington, DC  when they are ready to receive it, safely from COVID-19.”

 Fr. Mc Manus added: “Furthermore, we are proud to announce that the Prize is to be re-named, and to be known henceforth as “The Richard L. Trumka World Peace Prize for Solidarity.” This, too, is especially welcomed by the Trumka family.

 Fr. Mc Manus concluded: “It is hoped we will be able to make the posthumous Presentation at the (long Covid-19 delayed) Presentation Ceremony of the World Peace Prize for Labor Leadership to International President Cecil E. Roberts, United Mine Workers of America—whenever that can be arranged. President Roberts was a long-time friend of President Trumka and performed a memorable role at his Funeral Mass.

The World Peace Prize was initiated in Seoul, South Korea in 1989 by the late 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, Russian Orthodox, and Zoroastrianism. The inter-Faith and international World Peace Prize Awarding Council, which select Laureates for the Prize, consists of judges from all these religious groups.

The Trumka family said: “Rich believed deeply in bringing diverse groups together to address their common struggles. He knew the power that came from solidarity and he worked tirelessly to maintain it.  We are honored that Rich’s name will live on, always linked with solidarity and peace because the World Peace Prize for Solidarity will be re-named in his honor the ‘Richard L. Trumka World Peace Prize for Solidarity.’Solidarity forever.”

President Shuler—the most worthy successor to President Trumka —warmly welcomed the World Peace Prize initiative in re-naming the Solidarity Prize in honor of  President Trumka, stating: “Rich Trumka’s contributions to peace and prosperity around the world were countless. He was a global ambassador for worker rights, economic justice, dignity, and respect for all human beings. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor.”
And International President Cecil E. Roberts, United Mine Workers of America said: “The world lost a lion in the fight for peace and justice when we lost Rich Trumka. For each of the more than 40 years that I knew him, his first priority was to do everything he could to ensure workers had enough to eat, that they had a decent place to live and that their children had an opportunity to live in peace and freedom. I wish that he were still with us to accept this award, but our memories of him remain and guide us to continue to work for peace in his absence.”
God rest President Trumka, and may his memory be a blessing.
END

Newton B. Jones named World Peace Prize Roving Ambassador for Peace

Newton B. Jones, International President

The Irish Peace Foundation’s World Peace Prize announced that International President Newton B. Jones will be recognized as “Roving Ambassador for Peace.”

The announcement was made by Father Sean McManus, Chief Judge of the World Peace Prize and President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus and Irish Peace Foundation, Washington, D.C. The World Peace Prize is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.

“We were pleased to propose President Jones for the World Peace Prize as Roving Ambassador for Peace, because for 50 years as a Boilermaker, he has shown outstanding dedication to justice and total solidarity with working men and women—both on a local, national and global level,” said Fr. McManus.

Upon learning of the honor, IP Newton Jones said:

“The history of the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers has deep ties to the history of Irish America, beginning with our earliest days in railroad work and steam locomotives in 1880. For over 140 years, the Boilermakers union has been proud to call many Irish Americans brothers and sisters in our union—brothers and sisters who are now maintaining America’s most critical infrastructure components and ensuring that our great nation works. I am humbled and honored to be recognized as Roving Ambassador for Peace.”

IP Jones will be presented with the award in a special ceremony at a date yet to be announced.

“I was delighted that our panel of International and Inter-Faith judges representing all nine major world religious groups agreed [to select IP Jones],” said Fr. McManus. “I strongly believe that the labor movement should be recognized as powerfully contributing to world peace based on solidarity, equality and justice. And I know the late, great President Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO, most certainly agreed, and he was very pleased we have connected labor’s ‘fight for social justice’ with the building of peace nationally and globally.”

Fr. McManus stated that President Trumka helped to launch the World Peace Prize within the AFL-CIO by being the first laureate of the prize in February 2016. More information about the World Peace Prize can be found at worldpeaceprizewashington.org.

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McMANUS SELECTED AS CHIEF JUDGE

 

Succeeds former Congressman Lester Wolff

Seoul. South Korea. Friday, October 24, 2013 — The President of the Capitol Hill-based Irish National Caucus, who traveled to Seoul to be sworn- in as one of twelve Judges on the World Peace Prize Awarding Council has, instead, been sworn-in as the Chief Judge.

This followed the resignation of out-going Chief Judge, 94-four-year-old former Congressman Lester Wolff who did not travel to Seoul.

Fr. McManus said: “I have very big shoes to fill. Lester is a legend for his life-long commitment to equality, justice, and peace.”  

Reverend Dr.Han Min Su — the Seoul-based Founder and Master Planner of the World Peace Prize entities — was effusive in his praise of Mr. Wolff: “Only Fr. Mc Manus would be able to replace Lester. All of us are deeply grateful to Lester for his wonderful contributions. We wish him every blessing and he will always in our prayers.”