Emergency Funds for Former KRC Staff

After a month of retaliatory union-busting tactics from the Korean Resource Center’s Board of Directors and its new transitional management, 11 employees, making up the majority of the organization’s full-time and longest-serving staff, are leaving KRC in protest on November 15, 2019. 

The 11 union workers are comprised of youth organizers, administrative staff, and legal service staff. Many of them rely on each paycheck to make ends meet, are the breadwinners of their families, come from working class backgrounds, and are paying off significant student loans. They also come from the very communities that KRC seeks to serve. 

However, they felt compelled to take this bold step, many without having secured their next job, because the Board’s actions have made continuing to work at KRC intolerable and frightening. The union-supporting staff have been the targets of the Board’s hostile actions, which have recently included surveilling them in the office, selectively keeping tabs on their day-to-day work, restricting them from going into the office, making false accusations against them, continuous gaslighting, and various veiled threats.

To our community and supporters, we ask for your help to meet our goal of raising $30,000 by December 3, 2019 as an emergency fund to help our departing staff cover rent, bills, medical expenses, and other necessities as they search for new jobs during the holiday season. This will roughly amount to the equivalent of $1,100-1,200 per pay period over 6 weeks. Funds will be collected by Nara Kim and distributed as they become available according to financial need, such as those supporting families.

As the union supporters at KRC, we believe in the power of the people to create progressive change from the bottom-up. We hope to continue serving and building with our communities.

S. Cheng
D. Kim
N. Kim
H. Ko
J. Luong
J. Mercado
L. Ngo
J. Park
L. Velasco
R. Vera
R. Wang

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지난 몇주동안 민족학교의 임시 경영진과 이사진에 의해 자행된 노조결성 보복행위 에 이어 노동 권리를 지지하는 민족학교의 11명 청년 활동가, 행정담당 및 법률 서비스 담당자들은 11월 15일 민족학교를 떠납니다. 이로써 이번 사태로 민족학교를 떠난 이들은 9월의 4명, 지도부 3명에 이어 총 18명으로 늘어났습니다. 다음 직장도 구하지 못한 상태에서 담대한 결정을 한 활동가들의 생계비를 지원하기 위한 온라인 기부를 요청합니다. 감사합니다.
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Nara Kim
Raised $935 from 17 donations
Los Angeles, CA
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