• The San Juan Daily Star

Teachers reject alternative proposal on retirement

The voting membership of the Puerto Rico Teachers Association rejected in a consultation an alternative proposal that was presented to define the future of teachers’ retirement plans.

By John McPhaul

The Puerto Rico Teachers Association (AMPR by its Spanish initials) revealed Tuesday that 11,277 of a total of 17,336 active teachers who participated in a consultation rejected an alternative proposal that was presented to the teachers to define the future of their retirement.

The consultation with AMPR membership and active teachers in the island Department of Education was conducted beginning last Thursday and closed Monday before midnight. The purpose of the consultation on an alternative proposal, which received 6,059 votes in favor, was to define the future of the retirement of educators from the public education system, and was held after an agreement was reached between the AMPR and the Financial Oversight and Management Board.

According to the AMPR, with the alternative proposal teachers would be extended any benefits that the island government legally implements, including those arising from current negotiations between the government, the Legislature and the oversight board.

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