Continuing Our Fight For TPS Workers

10/05/2018

Our Sister and Brother Teamsters joined their 3-day #PortStrike fight over an independent contractor labor dispute with the fight for TPS immigrant workers who are set to lose their ability to work and protection from deportation because of the White House’s decision to end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. Members from dozens of unions across the Southland took part in an early morning demonstration in front of the Metropolitan Detention Center, and then traveled in a caravan led by six big rigs to the Port of Los Angeles.
Workers from the locals belonging to the LA County Federation of Labor, and the nonprofit organizations belonging to the TPS Alliance, held a rally at Wilmington Waterfront Park, and heard from rank and file union members who are TPS holders. Guest speakers, Kevin De Leon, Ricardo Lara, Alan Lowenthal, Nanette Barragan, pledged to never waiver as champions in Sacramento and Washington DC. And then hundreds and hundreds of union members and partners in this fight marched across the pedestrian bridge and occupied the intersection of Harry Bridges Blvd and Figueroa St.
Police officers in both plain clothes and riot gear ordered the crowd to disperse, but Teamsters Western Region Vice President, Ron Herrera, UNITE HERE International Vice President, Maria Elena Durazo, and sixty-two other leaders locked arms, and refused to leave the intersection. Press arrived, and at 3 PM, LAPD arrested all 64 people while they chanted, “Immigrant rights are workers’ rights!” That same day, US District Judge Edward Chen, granted a temporary injunction stopping the government from terminating the TPS program, effective immediately.
While we may have gotten temporary relief for TPS workers and families, we have not yet won the fight. The only solution to this program is a legislative one. We’ve got to win on Election Day! To sign-up for a precinct walk, email, becky@thelafed.org, or call (213) 925-0843 today!