Talks Resume In Philadelphia Area Catholic School Teachers’ Strike

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –  Talks aimed at ending the nearly week-old strike by Catholic high school teachers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are continuing.

The teachers’ union says there has been progress on seniority but the archdiocese hasn’t budged from its desire to hire part-time teachers.

The archdiocese, in a statement, claims the union is still seeking a 14½-percent raise over three years and hasn’t addressed what the archdiocese calls “educational reform issues.”

Seven hundred lay teachers at 17 area Catholic high schools have been on strike since last Tuesday (see related story).   Schools have been open, and freshmen and sophomores are taking tests that were scheduled for later in the month (another related story).

Reported by Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  1. a parent says:

    Please, the strike must stop now and the teachers must go back to the classroom and teach.

    The schools are just like any other businesses where the management needs to manage the financials; therefore, if there is less revenue, then there must be expense reduction initiatives.

    Which part of this equation is not understood by the teachers?

    They are making the lives of many families very difficult right now, especially those senior students who need to focus on college application, not strike related disruption.

    The teachers should be ashamed of themselves.

    There are international high school students who came to this country to learn, this strike gives America a really bad name.

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