FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27 2017
Contact: Manolo Coss, Sindicato de Trabajadores Puertorriqueños, email@example.com
Powerful International Unions Reject Bill 938
Leaders from three powerful international unions sent a letter this week to the presidents of Puerto Rico’s legislative bodies expressing their strong, united opposition to the approval of House Bill 938, calling it " a disaster for the already troubled economy of the island [that] would further impoverish the working people of Puerto Rico."
"This measure attacks public sector workers by responding to the island’s financial crisis with austerity measures that would put essential services at risk and nullify hard-fought collective bargaining contracts. Quite simply, this bill is an attack on trade union representation of Puerto Rican workers,” state the labor leaders in a message directed to Senate President Thomas Rivera Schatz and House President Carlos Méndez.
"We are all concerned about the economic health and future of Puerto Rico. However, adopting a measure that would devastate the very people who work each and every day to ensure a bright future for the island is not the way to build a strong and prosperous Puerto Rico," the letter states.
The controversial legislation undoes the principal wins and benefits of decades of collective bargaining and reduces overtime pay, employers’ share for health insurance, holidays and other rights agreed to in collective bargaining agreements, which would then be annulled in practice.
The letter is signed by Mary Kay Henry, President of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Lee Saunders of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and Dennis Williams from the United Auto Workers (UAW).
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