The President of the Puerto Rico Teachers Association (AMPR), Victor Manuel Bonilla Sánchez and the general secretary of the Local Union, Grichelle Toledo Correa, left satisfied this Thursday from a meeting with the Acting Secretary of Education, Eliezer Ramos Parés, after it was announced that teachers would receive “a substantial financial incentive for their work during the pandemic.”
Bonilla Sánchez and Toledo Correa did not reveal the amount of the incentive that they agreed or when they would receive it, but they assured – in written statements – that it is an advance in their claims for wage justice.
“We have long fought that incentive and in the coming weeks Secretary Ramos Parés will be making this announcement. In addition, we are working on an increase in the salary scale, the possibility that the teaching career be paid and reactivated again. Everything is a process and some things may take time, but we know that they will come and that is what matters to us, ”said Correa Toledo.
The general secretary of the Local Union also expressed that they brought to Ramos Parés the concern that arose among the teachers about the new executive order issued yesterday by Governor Pedro Pierluisi that requires vaccination against COVID-19 for public employees.
“We agreed with the secretary that, according to the established protocols, those teachers who have not been vaccinated for illness or religious reasons may work, as long as they present medical certification or an affidavit of their religious denomination,” Toledo Correa reported.