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The Puerto Rican government plans to dismiss 30,000-45,000 public sector employees and suspend public sector collective bargaining rights.

The workers’ union is opposing plans by the Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Fortuño, to dismiss tens of thousands of public sector workers as part of a drastic plan to reduce Puerto Rico’s huge budget deficit.

The dismissals will begin on July 1, the start of the new fiscal year. Legislation adopted in March also suspends all public sector collective agreements as well as agreements in employee manuals, contracts, circulars, etc. referring to payment plans, grade classification schemes, training and development.

PSI, the global union representing public sector workers is asking us each to take 30 seconds and send a message to the workers’ union and to the Governor of Puerto Rico supporting the union.