Puerto Rico utility union pleased with Supreme Court hearing
Utier attorney proud to be only party to ‘represent the Puerto Ricans’
SAN JUAN — Ángel Figueroa Jaramillo, the president of the Irrigation & Electrical Workers Union (Utier by its Spanish acronym), which represents Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) workers, was pleased with the union’s testimony to the Supreme Court on its position that the appointment of the members of the island’s Financial Oversight and Management Board and their actions to date, are unconstitutional.
“Reaching the Supreme Court to present our arguments on the illegality of the appointments of the Fiscal Control Board and all its actions is definitely historical. When we started with this case, maybe some saw it uphill or that we weren’t going to get very far, but today our case is before the Supreme Court judges. Whatever happens is history, never before has something like this happened, let alone a case presented by a union,” Figueroa Jaramillo said in a statement.
The union’s attorney, Jessica Méndez Colberg, also said she was pleased with her deposition before the Supreme Court justices.
“We are satisfied, we achieved what we have worked for. We were the only party that represented the Puerto Ricans. A Puerto Rican lawyer put a face to each Puerto Rican and workers who are the most affected with the decisions made by the Fiscal Control Board,” she said.
The lawyer added that she had less time than other witnesses to make her argument.
“We had less time than the others to present our objectives: No. 1, denounce the racist doctrine of the insular cases, and No. 2, discuss the case from the point of view of those affected. We had the opportunity to present the damages suffered by the workers and the people of Puerto Rico with the agreements proposed by the board,” she said.
The union president added: “Now it is a matter of waiting for the judges to make their determination on what was presented.”