Puerto Rican Labor
Struggle: Teachers Vote Against Joining SEIU
It’s a major victory for the
forty-two-year-old Teachers Federation of Puerto Rico, or FMPR.
It was Puerto Rico’s largest union, representing over 40,000
teachers. But earlier this year, after many months of trying to
negotiate with the governor, the FMPR was decertified over its
refusal to comply with a ban on strikes by public employees.
president of the Teachers Federation of Puerto Rico, or FMPR. in an
interview with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!
How they defeated the most brutal and
corrupt union of world, SEIU.
The Puerto Rican Federation of Teachers (FMPR) has
done the near-impossible: solidly defeating one of the world’s most
powerful labor organizations in an election for representation of
Puerto Rico’s 42,000 public school teachers.
FMPR Support Committee - New York
FMPR held a
workers and delegates assembly at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in
San Juan, P.R. Over 10,000 teachers came to cast their vote on the
tentative agreement reached by the union and the government.
When last seen on the picket-line,
Puerto Rican teachers were fighting their way through police
barricades to appeal to fellow workers from the Service Employees
International Union (SEIU), at its lavishly funded convention in San
Juan in June. (See Counter Punch, June 3, 2008.)
The message of the Federacion de
Maestros de Puerto Rico (FMPR) was simple: please stop SEIU
President Andy Stern from colluding with the indicted governor of
the island to replace FMPR with a “company union.”