Association of Catholic Teachers
“Our teachers went out because they felt their job security was jeopardized,” said Rita Schwartz, president of the Association of Catholic Teachers (“ACT”), who added that the strike “was never about money.”
A spokeswoman for the archdiocese described the latest talks as “productive,” with the two sides exchanging proposals at an undisclosed location.
Seven hundred lay teachers at 17 area Catholic high schools have been on strike since last Tuesday.
The issue for teachers is job security.
Dr. Richard McCarron says they are “willing and ready” to resume negotiations with the teachers’ union.
Lay teachers at Catholic high schools across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia voted Tuesday afternoon to go on strike as of the first day of scheduled classes, Wednesday morning.
Contract talks continue between the Association of Catholic Teachers and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, as the two sides try to come together to avoid a strike at the city’s Catholic High Schools.
Negotiators say the teachers and archdiocese are still far apart on work rule issues and they’ve barely begun to talk money.