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Mexican Teachers Union Plans to Block Border Crossings Friday

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Aired 4/19/09

A Mexican teachers union plans to close all U.S. Mexico border crossings on Friday. The union is protesting pension changes and intends to block traffic at ports of entry including San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. KPBS reporter Amy Isackson has details.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are warning travelers to avoid San Diego's border crossings tomorrow morning.

The teacher's protest is scheduled to begin at nine. Demonstrators plan to block all northbound traffic.

California Highway Patrol officials say they'll close all southbound lanes on Interstates five and 805 near San Ysidro at 8:30 in the morning.

Customs spokesman Vincent Bond says the San Ysidro and Otay ports will be staffed.

Bond : Our position is just to be available, be open and ready to go so that once northbound traffic commences we can quickly and efficiently deal with it.

The teachers are protesting a new law in Mexico that increases the number of years public employees must work before collecting pension benefits.

Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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