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Puerto Rico teachers file lawsuit against govt

Puerto Rico teachers' association files lawsuit against government

Puerto Rico teachers file lawsuit against govt

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A teachers' association in Puerto Rico has filed a lawsuit against the government of the U.S. territory following the recent approval of a law to change the teachers' retirement system.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday and asks that the court find the law unconstitutional.

The law calls for switching from a defined benefit plan to a defined contribution system, among other changes.

Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla has said the changes are necessary because the system has a $10 billion deficit and will run out of money by 2020 if nothing is done.

Teachers also have announced they will go on a two-day strike when classes begin next week.

Garcia has said he would consider amending the law but will not revoke it.

Updated : 2021-06-20 21:24 GMT+08:00