Federico de Jesus, a political media strategist based in Washington, D.C., said García Padilla appeared emboldened in his speech, perhaps because Puerto Rico was able to negotiate a deal on a portion of the debt owed by the electric power authority to its bondholders.

García Padilla said he agreed with union leaders who have publicly said that “current workers have already been asked to do enough and so “we cannot add any burden on current workers.”

Some unions have been calling for a general strike and that may have been on García Padilla’s mind as he made that statement, de Jesus said.

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