12:58 PM Eastern - Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Puerto Rico's working families to appeal Governor's massive layoffs

GovFortuno_USCourtofAppeals.jpgIn July 2008, Republican Governor of Puerto Rico Luis Fortuño enacted Law 7 in a two-day period. He then invoked the law in 2009, effectively firing 28,000 employees across all sectors of public services--and all without demonstrating any alternative solutions or proving financial necessity.

As a direct result of Law 7, thousands of working people who provide essential services in education, healthcare, the environment, and social services in Puerto Rico have lost their livelihoods, while the Commonwealth citizens have endured a dramatic loss of essential services.

Tomorrow at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (located here in Boston, MA), 28,000 working families throughout Puerto Rico represented by lead plaintiffs from the Central Federation of Workers (UFCW), the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), the Service Employees International Union SPT 1996 (SEIU) and the United Auto Workers (UAW) will hear opening arguments.

There will be a 12:30 press conference regarding the federal appeal of Puerto Rico's Law 7. If you're a blogger or a member of the media who'd like to cover this Dec. 8th event, please contact Meghan Finegan at Meghan.Finegan@seiu.org.

Law 7: More facts:

» Puerto Rico's public schools are not getting cleaned; half of them had to be shut down and teachers had to clean them as a result.

» There's a real risk of Puerto Rico losing federal funds because they are not complying with grant requirements.

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