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Senate to Hold Hearing on Social Security for Public Teachers

By on April 3, 2016

SAN JUAN – Sen. Mari Tere González, who chairs the upper chamber’s Education, Training and Individual Development Committee, will lead a public hearing Monday on a measure authored by Sen. Cirilo Tirado that seeks to evaluate Social Security for public education teachers.

Mari Tere González

Sen. Mari Tere González

In a statement, the senator for the Mayagüez-Aguadilla district recalled that on Aug. 14, 1935, Social Security was approved in the United States, and as an extended benefit for Puerto Rico government employees in 1950. “A referendum was carried out for government employees to decide if they wanted to receive the benefits of the federal Social Security, and the majority voted in favor, except for teachers, police and firefighters. That is why these public service professionals are not currently listed for Social Security,” her statement reads.

Cited to testify at the hearing are the Education, Treasury and Justice departments, as well as the Office of Management and Budget. “On behalf of the teachers, we have also cited the Puerto Rico Teachers Association; Puerto Rico Teachers Federation; and Educators for Democracy, Unity, Change, Militancy and Union Organization [Educamos by its Spanish acronym].”

The proposal is issued after the approval of Act 160-2013, known as the Puerto Rico Teachers Retirement System Act, to allow teachers to receive additional retirement benefits.

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