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Unions Protest Governor, Financial Oversight Board

SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – Several worker’s unions and political groups gathered to protest austere budget cuts at the hands of the Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) and Ricardo Roselló, Puerto Rico’s governor in Hato Rey, PR, Aug. 30.

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SAN JUAN (Puerto Rico Buzz) – Several worker’s unions and political groups gathered to protest austere budget cuts at the hands of the Financial Oversight and Management Board (FOMB) and Ricardo Roselló, Puerto Rico’s governor in Hato Rey, PR, Aug. 30.

Among the groups in attendance, members of the teacher’s unions described possible cuts to their pensions in order for the government to pay bondholders and reduce the debt.

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Israel Gutierrez Jaime

“We are here to protest the fiscal oversight board and the government because because they are imposing measures so that the debt that the government and bondholders spent gets paid off by the workers,” Israel Gutierrez Jaime, a member of the teacher’s union Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico. The FOMB wants to cut our pensions to pay bondholders while at the same time reduce the total weekly days a government employee can attend work.

The reduction in workdays concerns union members because it would mean that they will have less income to pay for basic needs.

Gutierrez, who is also a member of the political group Movimiento Socialista de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores, said that a four-day workweek would adversely affect employees. This is especially difficult at a time where utility rates are going up.

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Eva Ayala speaks at the unions’ protest Aug. 30.

“This is the time to fight. This is the time to toss ourselves unto the streets,” said Eva Ayala, president of Educamos. The fiscal oversight board along with the current government administration have been toiling against workers.

“We have tried to make this a success,” said Irma Santiago, a member of an utilities union, Union de Trabajadores de la Industria Eléctrica y Riego (UTIER.) “Many unions have attended today.”

“We are hoping that the [FOMB] listens to our claims and know that if they take those two workdays, they will make us and the country poorer,” said Santiago. The governor claims his doing something, but it remains to be seen.

 

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José Carrión, chairman of the FOMB

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Puerto Rico is Open for Tourists

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Travelocity® and Expedia Media Solutions®, in collaboration with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, are ramping up efforts to help shift public perception of the situation in Puerto Rico, this week.

Puerto Rico has always been a popular destination for travelers, as well as a fantastic, long-term partner, and we jumped at the chance to work with Travelocity to support the Puerto Rico Tourism Company,” said Wendy Olson Killion, global senior director for Expedia Media Solutions. “The collaborative campaign will ensure new and repeat visitors know Puerto Rico is again open for tourism, and that tourism will positively impact the island’s economy and contribute to recovery efforts.”

Approximately 68,000 locals are employed in the tourism sector, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council. With this importance to the economy, the simple and enjoyable act of visiting Puerto Rico can make a huge difference. For more information on the Island, travelers can also visit SeePuertoRico.com.

“We are thrilled to have our Travelocity and Expedia partners join in spreading the word that the Island is, in fact, open for tourism,” said Carla Campos, acting executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. “It is with pride and hospitality, traits that characterize our people, that we welcome visitors with open arms, because coming to visit us is the best way to support us right now.”

The campaign, which was donated on behalf of Travelocity and Expedia Media Solutions, includes on site advertising placements, a dedicated page highlighting the hotels and resorts that are open for business in Puerto Rico, and useful content about the country on the Travelocity “Inspire” blog.

Travelocity is offering $150 off a $1500 package booking with code CARIBNOW from now until February 6th, 2018 for travel between now and September 16th, 2018. For full terms and conditions visit http://travelocity.us/PuertoRico.

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Rosselló Asks Police Officers to Return to Work

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló asked members of the Puerto Rico Police Department to return to work, Jan. 8.

The massive absenteeism of police officers has been largely attributed to the lack of overtime pay in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, but some say it goes back even further.

“I ask of any partner of the uniformed force that is not attending [work]at this moment – I ask of them to return,” said Rosselló. It’s not just about giving a message about a series of initiatives, but it’s a matter of safety for our people.

Rosselló is currently evaluating how police officers that missed work, will be reprimanded.

“We’re establishing which administrative measures will take place,” said Rosselló. There’s a lot of information that needs to be gathered.

At times, approximately 8,000 police officers have missed worked, out of about 14,000 islandwide.

Police union representatives have said that police officers are using their sick and holiday time available.

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Watch Carmen Yulín Suck Up a Load of Bribe Cash

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(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Buzz) – Here we go again. Another Carmen Yulín appearance on The Simpsons.

Spoiler alert: Donald Trump tries to bribe Robert Mueller with a room full of cash. Mueller leaves.

Then Carmen Yulín walks into the room dressed as a housemaid before revealing her usual “comandante de la revolución” outfit.

Yulín then pulls out a vacuum cleaner to suck up the loads of American cold-hard-cash bribe money.

Mueller Meets Trump, Season 29

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