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The Journal Gazette

Friday, March 15, 2013 5:48 pm

Puerto Rico teachers protest changing pension plan

The Associated Press

Dozens of teachers in Puerto Rico are protesting a proposal to cut retirement benefits and increase employee contributions to help save the island's crumbling public pension system.

The teachers gathered Friday afternoon in front of the governor's mansion in colonial Old San Juan.

Union leader Maria Lara Fontanez says teachers met with Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla last week to talk about their concerns but says they did not receive any guarantee the pension system wouldn't be changed.

Economists have said the teachers' pension plan is slightly healthier than a plan that covers other government employees in the U.S. territory.

The protest comes two days after a similar protest by hundreds of police officers.