For immediate release
December 1, 2017
Labor Unions, TPS Workers to Deliver 40,000 TPS Extension Petitions to Democratic and Republican Congressional Leadership
Brief Press Conference, Petition Delivery Part of Campaign to Demand Immediate, Long-Term Action to #SaveTPS
What: TPS Press Conference and TPS Extension Petition Delivery to Congressional Leaders: Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, and Marco Rubio
When: Tuesday, December 5th at 12:30pm
Where: SD 562, Dirksen Senate Office Building, United States Capitol Complex
Who: Working Families United, a major labor partnership of UNITE HERE, UFCW, IUPAT, Iron Workers, Bricklayers; major labor leaders including UFCW International’s Secretary-Treasurer Esther L ópez; dozens of union members on TPS
NOTE: Congressional sponsors of TPS extension bill invited with attendance confirmations pending. TV Crews and print/television reporters are strongly encouraged to join union worker delegation to members of congress immediately following press conference
Why: There are over 320,000 TPS holders in America, working legally, paying taxes, and contributing to the economy. TPS designations to countries with humanitarian or environmental crises have been renewed annually, but are now threatened under the Trump administration. That’s why Working Families United, which represents tens of thousands of TPS union workers in hospitality, construction, meat processing and trades, will take TPS union members directly to the offices of Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, and Marco Rubio on Tuesday to deliver 40,000 TPS extension petitions.
Following the Thanksgiving termination of Haitian TPS for nearly 60,000 immigrants, labor leaders will take no chances and no prisoners in demanding congressional action immediately to save TPS.
Working Families United is a major immigration campaign organization founded in November 2017 between partners UNITE HERE, IUPAT, UFCW, Iron Workers, and Bricklayers with backing of the AFL-CIO. The member unions of Working Families United represent tens of thousands of immigrant workers on TPS across America, working in hospitality, construction, and trades.