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Teachers in Puerto Rico to get $1K monthly pay raise

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  • Public school teachers in Puerto Rico will get a temporary $1,000 monthly salary increase beginning in July.
  • The increase comes after thousands of teachers chose to protest for higher pay and improved working conditions earlier this month.
  • Teachers will protest again later this month.

Puerto Rico’s public-school teachers will receive a temporary increase in their monthly salaries of $1,000.  

Gov. Pedro Pierluisi (D) said Monday the pay raise will begin in July and comes days after 70 percent of the island’s public-school teachers chose to join protests for higher wages, better pensions and better work conditions, according to The Associated Press.  

“For years, we’ve truly been waiting for this moment,” said Víctor Bonilla, president of the Puerto Rico Teachers’ Association, which represents some 25,000 teachers. Teachers are slated to protest again later this month, the outlet added.  


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The protests came shortly after a federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances and its exit from bankruptcy greenlit a fiscal plan with salary increase for public employees, including teachers, the outlet has previously reported.   

Teachers on the island currently make a base salary of $1,750 a month, which many say is difficult to live on.  

Under that plan, teachers would have been given a 27 percent salary increase compared to what they made in 2019 and would receive half of the increase on July 1. The second half of the increase was dependent on a teacher finishing “a payroll and attendance system and providing for student attendance keeping,” according to the outlet.  

But union leaders rejected that plan, arguing that it would only allow for an increase to $2,220 instead of the $3,500 they requested.  


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