Puerto Rico Teachers Association urges retirees to protest against fiscal board
SAN JUAN – The president of the Puerto Rico Teachers Association, Aida Díaz, on Tuesday called for retired teachers and “teachers at risk of losing their retirement” to participate in a protest in front of the Hato Rey offices of the island’s fiscal oversight board.
“So the members of the board can see the image of injustice. Arrive with your canes, with your wheelchairs, with your mended clothes…so that the photos taken there, the world can circulate what is being done with this country. This will be at 12 o’clock noon in front of the Seaborne Building on November 13. Because they, along with the working conditions in the Department of Education, are who is causing what is happening in the teaching profession,” she said.
Díaz referred to the reports related to teachers, such as one who committed suicide and others who are getting psychological treatment for problems “associated with their work situation and / or retirement.”
Díaz also said the association hired a law firm in New York to evaluate the Teacher Retirement system but was told there was no real possibility of filing an action against the government because the retirement systems are covered by Title III of the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management and Economic Stability Act.
She said that although the association has met with the fiscal board’s executive director, Natalie Jaresko, her responses regarding the retirement plan were aligned with the vision of the congressionally established entity that controls the finances of the Government of Puerto Rico.
In the fiscal plan, the board determined the consolidation of all retirement systems and changes them from a defined benefit pension to 401(k)s.