Teachers Federation Suffers Another Legal Setback
SAN JUAN – In another legal setback, the Puerto Rico Supreme Court dismissed an appeal by the Teachers Federation to suspend an election that is currently being held for the second consecutive week in which teachers are deciding whether the federation will represent them before the Education Department in efforts aimed having improved work conditions and salaries.
The unfavorable ruling adds to the Court of Appeals’ last week and another appeal dismissed by the same court filed by the Frente Amplio Magisterial (FAM), or Broad Teachers Front, which comprises the Únete, Educamos and Teachers Federation groups.
The federation alleges it was not treated fairly during the endorsement-gathering process. The Public Service Appeals Commission (CASP), which controls and monitors the process, has dismissed the federation’s petitions to participate in the referendum three times.
The decision by the court recognized the Puerto Rico Teachers Association as the only organization that submitted the documents requested by the CASP for the vote.
The sixth consecutive day of voting was carried out Monday at the Manatí and Vega Alta polling stations by teachers from Barceloneta, Ciales, Florida, Vega Baja and Dorado. So far, half of the island’s municipalities have gone to the polls.
There will be a pause in the electoral process until Friday, when voting continues in Naranjito, Corozal, Morovis, Orocovis, Comerío, Aibonito and Barranquitas. That day, 28,753 teachers are eligible to vote.