Puerto Rico teachers launch two-day strike

Jan 14, 2014 Full story: TwinCities 10

Hundreds of teachers across Puerto Rico walked off their jobs Tuesday in a noisy two-day strike over cuts to their pensions that the island's government says are necessary to avert financial disaster but that educators say will force many of them into poverty.

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Since: Sep 12

Dorado, Puerto Rico

#1 Jan 14, 2014
Truly a sad state of affairs. i think this should be a phased in affair over a decade or so. Those retiring shortly should remain as a defined benefit, to those under 7 years to defined contribution. However, the legislators who bribed the unions with unsustainable promises should also have their pensions eliminated. (You don't need a pension when in prison).
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#2 Jan 14, 2014
JMWinPR wrote:
Truly a sad state of affairs. i think this should be a phased in affair over a decade or so. Those retiring shortly should remain as a defined benefit, to those under 7 years to defined contribution. However, the legislators who bribed the unions with unsustainable promises should also have their pensions eliminated.(You don't need a pension when in prison).
Lets dissect your knowledge on Puerto Rican matters, for a sec.

What is a "sad state of affairs?, that Puerto Rican are finally waking up to the abuses of those who keep us "in this colonial, powerless, state of affairs", by paying millions to those lobbying against our collective wishes in Washington, D.C.?

You have to remember that the fact that we are blamed for our "sad state of affairs" is part of a "montage" by those benefitting from our current political status. The colony has made many people rich, and continues to do so.

A decade long "phasing period" is out of the question, according to Wall St.

Puerto Ricans have to pay stockholders as part of the agreement when our bonds were being sold over 20 yrs ago, which are the ones currently in question, never mind the ones issued a decade ago, much less these past 4 yrs.

That has been the price for trying keep up with federal standards, while lacking any sovereignty to explore other avenues.

As for labor unions being "bribed" with "unsustainable promises", everyone who has bought "our commonwealth" status, is just as guilty for allowing said "bribes", especially ideological.

Since: Dec 12

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#3 Jan 14, 2014
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
Lets dissect your knowledge on Puerto Rican matters, for a sec.
What is a "sad state of affairs?, that Puerto Rican are finally waking up to the abuses of those who keep us "in this colonial, powerless, state of affairs", by paying millions to those lobbying against our collective wishes in Washington, D.C.?
You have to remember that the fact that we are blamed for our "sad state of affairs" is part of a "montage" by those benefitting from our current political status. The colony has made many people rich, and continues to do so.
A decade long "phasing period" is out of the question, according to Wall St.
Puerto Ricans have to pay stockholders as part of the agreement when our bonds were being sold over 20 yrs ago, which are the ones currently in question, never mind the ones issued a decade ago, much less these past 4 yrs.
That has been the price for trying keep up with federal standards, while lacking any sovereignty to explore other avenues.
As for labor unions being "bribed" with "unsustainable promises", everyone who has bought "our commonwealth" status, is just as guilty for allowing said "bribes", especially ideological.
You copy this from other sites you very likely endlessly peruse through throughout much of your days.

I don't think you know much of anything. Jorge.

Since: Dec 12

Location hidden

#4 Jan 14, 2014
JMWinPR wrote:
Truly a sad state of affairs. i think this should be a phased in affair over a decade or so. Those retiring shortly should remain as a defined benefit, to those under 7 years to defined contribution. However, the legislators who bribed the unions with unsustainable promises should also have their pensions eliminated.(You don't need a pension when in prison).
And now you understand "in a nutshell" whether you realize it or not why former mayor Bloomberg didn't want to promise squat to the unions.

We will soon face this problem with Mayor Deblasio here in NY....He has sold himself to the unions. Their upkeep with these high cost pension benefits will sink our future generations here in the city with a huge tax load.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#5 Jan 14, 2014
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
Lets dissect your knowledge on Puerto Rican matters, for a sec.
What is a "sad state of affairs?, that Puerto Rican are finally waking up to the abuses of those who keep us "in this colonial, powerless, state of affairs", by paying millions to those lobbying against our collective wishes in Washington, D.C.?
You have to remember that the fact that we are blamed for our "sad state of affairs" is part of a "montage" by those benefitting from our current political status. The colony has made many people rich, and continues to do so.
A decade long "phasing period" is out of the question, according to Wall St.
Puerto Ricans have to pay stockholders as part of the agreement when our bonds were being sold over 20 yrs ago, which are the ones currently in question, never mind the ones issued a decade ago, much less these past 4 yrs.
That has been the price for trying keep up with federal standards, while lacking any sovereignty to explore other avenues.
As for labor unions being "bribed" with "unsustainable promises", everyone who has bought "our commonwealth" status, is just as guilty for allowing said "bribes", especially ideological.
ENDI

Jan 14 2014

7:51 p.m.

Tribunal Supremo detiene la implementación del Retiro de Maestros

El Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico detuvo esta noche los cambios al Sistema de Retiro de Maestros tras elevar el caso ante su consideración.

“Se declara con lugar la moción de paralizar los efectos de la Ley 160 firmada el pasado 24 de diciembre hasta tanto se disponga por este tribunal”, lee la resolución.

Igualmente se nombró al juez Angel Pagán Ocasio como un comisionado especial para que atienda el caso en el Alto Foro.

El comisionado especial deberá recibir pruebas sobre las alegaciones, celebrar una vista evidenciaría y presentar sus determinaciones a no más tarde del 7 de febrero de 2014.

El gobierno reclama que el Sistema de Retiro de los Maestros (SRM) enfrenta un déficit actuarial de $10,251 millones y que sin la reforma hubiese colapsado en el 2020 al quedarse sin dinero, requiriendo inyecciones anuales del erario de unos $562 millones. La reforma es una de las condiciones que ha impuesto la casa acreditadora Moody’s para evitar la degradación del crédito de Puerto Rico a nivel de chatarra.

Por su parte, la presidenta de la Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, Aida Díaz, celebró esta noche la decisión del Tribunal Supremo de aprobar la certificación para que la Ley 160 fuera paralizada.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#6 Jan 14, 2014
Our colonial Supreme Court is really playing those "warring drums" as loud as they can.

A constitutional crisis has been brewing for over 2 weeks already between the colonial three govt. branches.

So much for Agapito's Governor's/teachers "meetings", or as we say in Puerto Rico, "duermete nenes".

Now an injunction is likely to happen and a colony's/Wall St. crisis will replace the current one.

Apparently, the colony's days are numbered, for no status assembly may start if the colonial govt. is unable to satisfy its Wall St. lenders.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#7 Jan 14, 2014
Tomorrow, the teacher's "wald out" will go into its second day, unless Agapito calls for a court injuction as well, until the TS comes up with a decision.

He, very well knows, that the teacher's two days walk out was only the first step towards an escalation of gigantic proportions, when other labor unions would start replacing the teachers.

So, all in all, maybe the colonial TS' intervention might be a blessing in preventing a social and economic chaos.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#8 Jan 14, 2014
According to the colonial Secretary of Education, the total costs of the teacher's two days walk out is over $14 million dollars, to the Dept. of Education, alone.

We have to remember that the colonial Dept. of Education budget is around $3.5 billion dls., more than the Dominican Republic's entire national budget.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#9 Jan 14, 2014
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
ENDI
Jan 14 2014
7:51 p.m.
Tribunal Supremo detiene la implementación del Retiro de Maestros
El Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico detuvo esta noche los cambios al Sistema de Retiro de Maestros tras elevar el caso ante su consideración.
“Se declara con lugar la moción de paralizar los efectos de la Ley 160 firmada el pasado 24 de diciembre hasta tanto se disponga por este tribunal”, lee la resolución.
Igualmente se nombró al juez Angel Pagán Ocasio como un comisionado especial para que atienda el caso en el Alto Foro.
El comisionado especial deberá recibir pruebas sobre las alegaciones, celebrar una vista evidenciaría y presentar sus determinaciones a no más tarde del 7 de febrero de 2014.
El gobierno reclama que el Sistema de Retiro de los Maestros (SRM) enfrenta un déficit actuarial de $10,251 millones y que sin la reforma hubiese colapsado en el 2020 al quedarse sin dinero, requiriendo inyecciones anuales del erario de unos $562 millones. La reforma es una de las condiciones que ha impuesto la casa acreditadora Moody’s para evitar la degradación del crédito de Puerto Rico a nivel de chatarra.
Por su parte, la presidenta de la Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, Aida Díaz, celebró esta noche la decisión del Tribunal Supremo de aprobar la certificación para que la Ley 160 fuera paralizada.
On another note, the Administration of the Courts System, under the colonial TS authority, along with the TS' budget, will have to transfer all its budget from private banks to the govt.'s bank, Banco de Fomento Gubernamental, BGF, under the project approved on Dec. 2013, waiting to be signed into law by Agapito.

The BGF is under the authority of the Executive branch.

He who controls the cash, has the power.
Jorge

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#10 Jan 14, 2014
Jorge wrote:
<quoted text>
ENDI
Jan 14 2014
7:51 p.m.
Tribunal Supremo detiene la implementación del Retiro de Maestros
El Tribunal Supremo de Puerto Rico detuvo esta noche los cambios al Sistema de Retiro de Maestros tras elevar el caso ante su consideración.
“Se declara con lugar la moción de paralizar los efectos de la Ley 160 firmada el pasado 24 de diciembre hasta tanto se disponga por este tribunal”, lee la resolución.
Igualmente se nombró al juez Angel Pagán Ocasio como un comisionado especial para que atienda el caso en el Alto Foro.
El comisionado especial deberá recibir pruebas sobre las alegaciones, celebrar una vista evidenciaría y presentar sus determinaciones a no más tarde del 7 de febrero de 2014.
El gobierno reclama que el Sistema de Retiro de los Maestros (SRM) enfrenta un déficit actuarial de $10,251 millones y que sin la reforma hubiese colapsado en el 2020 al quedarse sin dinero, requiriendo inyecciones anuales del erario de unos $562 millones. La reforma es una de las condiciones que ha impuesto la casa acreditadora Moody’s para evitar la degradación del crédito de Puerto Rico a nivel de chatarra.
Por su parte, la presidenta de la Asociación de Maestros de Puerto Rico, Aida Díaz, celebró esta noche la decisión del Tribunal Supremo de aprobar la certificación para que la Ley 160 fuera paralizada.
Interestingly, the Asociacion de Maestros de PR has always been the colonial fist that controls the teachers from Fortaleza, since it was created by Munoz Marin.

The Teacher's Federation is the anti colonial organization disbanded by Fortuno on 2009 and restored by Agapito a year ago.

Ergo, we can conclude that "rain" has hit Agapito's picnic when TS' Chief of Jusice pro colony's Hernandez Denton, Cuchin's first cousin, and the Teacher's Association, a colonial teachers labor organization, are up in arms against their leader in Fortaleza.

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