LCLAA Joins the Puerto Rican Labor Movement to Hold Historic Meeting with US Largest Congressional Delegation 

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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San Juan –Saturday, January 12, 2019 – The Labor Council for Latin American Advancement co-hosted a historic meeting that included a delegation of Puerto Rican trade unionists with a group of close to 30 congressional leaders. During this encounter, both sought efforts to resolve the serious crisis faced by Puerto Rican workers and the economic development of the island. Together with the Trade Union movement of Puerto Rico, we presented the Declaration of the Trade Union Movement For Puerto Rico, which highlighted the situation of working families on the island as result of the Promesa Law and policies pushed forward by the Fiscal Control Board. 

“We had a productive meeting with this important delegation of legislators. We made it very clear that Puerto Rico requires immediate attention.” Said Hector Sanchez Barba LCLAA Executive Director. “We must ensure that these legislators take action, because they have the power to make changes to the Fiscal Control Board, and many on the island are in dire need of profound changes that will prevent them from living in poverty. We will keep fighting in unity with Puerto Rican workers for justice and to ensure that their rights are respected.” 

“LCLAA is committed to our working sisters and brothers on the island who are suffering the consequences of unfair measures designed to hurt the working class,” said Yanira Merino, LCLAA National President. “Implementing the privatization of public schools and condemning the people of this island to pay for a debt that has not been audited, is an arbitrary measure that directly afflicts working families! We will continue to stand together and demand justice for Puerto Rico.”

This historic meeting was also able to highlight government actions that are disturbing the environment, affecting people’s health as well as allowing for the expropriation of land. LCLAA was joined by representatives of the Central Workers Federation (FCT-UFCW), the Association of Teachers (AFT-AMPR), Servidores were present. Public United (SPU-Afscme), Labor International Union of North America (Liuna), the Union of Office Workers (Opeiu), the United Auto Workers (UAW) and the Puerto Rican Workers Union (Seiu), among others.