[indymediapr] Comunicado de prensa/Press Release : New Yorkers Rally In Support Of Striking Puerto Rican Teachers

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Jue Feb 21 08:23:31 PST 2008

New Yorkers Rally In Support Of Striking Puerto Rican 



Press Contacts:


Normahiram Perez                                 Angel 
Gonzalez                                       Frank 



February 21, 2008


On Friday, February 22, 2008, a broad coalition of New 
York/Tri-State Area teachers, community, labor and 
political activists, will protest at the New York offices 
of the Commonwealth Government of Puerto Rico in support 
of striking Puerto Rican teachers.


The Teachers Federation of Puerto Rico (FMPR), represents 
more than 42, 000 teachers in the public schools of Puerto 
Rico.  In defiance of Public Law 45 which prohibits 
strikes by public sector employees, the FMPR has responded 
to the governments' refusal to negotiate a new contract in 
good faith.  The FMPR has been subject to an increasing 
public campaign of attacks as they work to obtain a fair 
and just collective bargaining agreement for its members.


Demands by striking teachers include smaller classroom 
size, an end to government efforts to privatize public 
education, especially the use of Charter Schools, a just 
wage and increases, school-based committees of teachers, 
parents and students, improved health and safety 
conditions in school buildings, and the provision of 
adequate teaching materials and resources.  The strike 
began on Thursday, February 21, 2008.


Teachers and their supporters are also calling for an end 
to the harassment and political reprisals targeting 
teachers and the FMPR for defending their right to 
collective bargaining and a living wage and decent working 


The FMPR Support Committee in New York City is rallying in 
support of striking teachers and to protest the Puerto 
Rican governments' union busting campaign, the 
privatization of public schools, and in support of free 
and quality education in Puerto Rico.


WHEN:                      Friday, February 22, 2008

WHERE:                    Office of the Puerto Rico 
Federal Affairs Administration

                                     475 Park Avenue South 
at 32 Street, Manhattan

WHAT TIME:                        5:00 P.M.


The FMPR Support Committee – NY

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