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Puerto Rican Teachers Get Temporary Pay Raise After Protests; More Workers Join in Labor Demands

HeadlineFeb 14, 2022

In Puerto Rico, teachers are getting a temporary $1,000 monthly salary increase, and the Puerto Rican government has committed to negotiating better retirement options for educators. This comes after thousands of teachers led several protests across the island demanding better wages, benefits and working conditions. Puerto Rico’s Governor Pedro Pierluisi promised to make the raises permanent. Protest leaders say they won’t celebrate until the commitments are delivered. Puerto Rican firefighters and restaurant workers have also joined calls for salary increases and better working conditions. Restaurant waitstaff are walking out of the job today — Valentine’s Day — to join another teacher-led protest.

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