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Teamsters Joint Council 16 Statement on Puerto Rican Financial Crisis

NEW YORK, NY – George Miranda, President of Teamsters Joint Council 16, had the following statement on the Puerto Rican financial crisis:

“The New York Teamsters stand with the people of Puerto Rico in their call for federal intervention in the financial crisis. Puerto Ricans cannot be treated as second-class citizens — they are Americans and deserve the same protections that would be afforded a resident of the continental US.

“This situation was caused by bad federal policy. The federal government can and should step in.

“I want to thank Speaker Mark-Viverito and Mayor de Blasio for their leadership on this issue. New York and Puerto Rico have a special relationship. We will not rest until our brothers and sisters get the help and respect they deserve.”

Contact: Alex Moore, Teamsters Joint Council 16