#SaveTPS Forum (2018)

October 17, 2018: Culinary Union Secretary-Treasurer Geoconda Arguello-Kline and Nevada union members raised the importance of saving Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as an issue in 2018 election. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Senator Jacky Rosen, Congresswoman Dina Titus, Congressman Steven Horsford, and Congresswoman Susie Lee participated in a forum with union members to discuss protecting workers impacted by TPS. For decades, the TPS program maintained broad bipartisan support for its benefits to the economy, as well as to people from countries suffering from disasters, violence and upheaval. The Trump Administration has cancelled TPS for 300,000 workers and their families, weakening all working people's power to join together in unions and negotiate for a fair return on their work. In 2018, a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to prevent the Administration from terminating TPS for workers from Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua. However, this reprieve is only temporary and working people are still calling on elected leaders to find a permanent solution that impacts all workers from TPS countries. Culinary Union members who have TPS, and who could lose their status, spoke out about what’s at stake for them in the 2018 election cycle. Workers called on elected leaders and candidates to pledge to protect them from the threats they face if they lose their status and will push Congress, the courts, and the President to act to #SaveTPS and prevent stripping hundreds of thousands of working people of their rights on the job and their freedom to stand up to abusive employers.

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