Defend FMPR Teachers     

This web page is to provide information about the struggle of the Puerto Rican FMPR teachers against privatization and to defend the union against a raid by the SEIU and the education work in the United States on these issues 


FMPR Teachers union in Puerto Rico

FMPR Support committee in Ny  

Democracy Now coverage

Labor Notes coverage

Counterpunch coverage

Coordinadora Sindical



Labor Imperialism, Corporate Unionism & The SEIU Convention 

Puerto Rican Federation of Teachers on The Attack by SEIU

NYC rally in Support of FMPR Teachers

FMPR Teachers Picket SEIU Convention

Benefit For FMPR Puerto Rican Teachers

Puerto Rico Film Screening

Friday 9/26/2008 7:00 PM 
522 Valencia St./16th St. 
San Francisco, CA 

Screening of: 

Manos a la Obra: The Story of Operation Bootstrap by Pedro Rivera and Susan Zeig (59 min. 1983)

Plena is Work, Plena is Song by Pedro Rivera and Susan Zeig

Puerto Rican teachers are under attack by the government and the SEIU international. They went on strike against privatization and in response the government is seeking to destroy the union and preventing it from running in a representation election. We will have speakers, music and discussion. 

$5.00 No one turned away due to inability to contribute 

Sponsored by 
Labor Video Project and others. 

Labor Video Project 
P.O. Box 720027 
San Francisco, CA 94172 

July National Tour For FMPR Puerto Rican Teachers

New York, Chicago, Los Angeles 
and San Francisco
July 18-20 New York

July 24-25 LA - main event on 24 at the UTLA.

July 24 (Thursday) 7:00 PM
At: 3303 Wilshire Blvd. Room 815, Los Angeles 
UTLA is hosting an evening with leaders of FMPR (eng. translation-Puerto Rican Teachers Federation) to hear the story of their 26,000-member strike in February of this year.
Teachers on the island struck for 10 days with massive parent and community support to win collective bargaining rights, just salaries, and lower class size, and to oppose Law 45, which outlaws teacher strikes. They also struck against the imposition of charter schools. 
Their Los Angeles stop is part of a U.S. tour to build solidarity with teachers and community people here and to talk about what it will take to win quality education for all students as well as build a truly progressive labor movement. Come learn about their work and help raise funds to continue their struggle in Puerto Rico, where the difficulty of organizing is compounded by repressive colonial law. 
UTLA is located two blocks west of Vermont Ave. Free parking is available in structure behind UTLA building on Berendo. 
If you need childcare, please call 213-637-5149 by Tuesday, July 22 
Spanish language interpretation provided. 
For more information call 213-309-2713. 

July 26 & 27 In San Francisco

7/26/08 (Saturday) 4:00 PM -6:00 PM 
($5 - 50 donation for FMPR teachers)
Women’s Building 
3543 18th St. San Francisco
Report by FMPR Puerto Rican Teachers
The President and other members of the Federation of Puerto Rican Teachers (FMPR) speak about their Historic 10 day strike against the privatization of their schools and for better work conditions, despite a law that denies public workers the right to strike! 
Poetry, video & others. 
For Information Phone 510-467-5579,

7/27/08 (Sunday) 1:00 PM (Donation for FMPR teachers requested)
La Pena Cultural Center Community Room
3105 Shattuck at Prince, Berkeley
Education, Teachers & Privatization In Puerto Rico
For Northern California Education Workers
This meeting for Bay Area education workers will focus on the educational situation in Puerto Rico, the struggle to defend education and also the history of the fight against privatization and the role of the government in pushing charter schools and the issue of militarization of the schools. Also invited are delegates from the AFT and NEA conventions this summer.
For Information Phone 415-282-1908,

To Support

Please send check to FMPR, Urb, El Caribe 1572 Ave. Ponce de Leon, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00926-2710

CFT resolution to support FMPR teachers

FMPR press release on the strike against the privatization of school