By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s an early contract deal for teachers at Philadelphia-area Catholic high schools.

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It’s one more year of labor peace at the 17 Archdiocesan high schools. Members of the Association of Catholic Teachers Local 1776 have ratified a new one-year contract that provides raises of $1,200 and calls for “moderate” increases in employee health care contributions.

Archdiocese secretary for education Christopher Mominey says the goal of both sides was avoiding a strike threat this fall.

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“We went in with the ambition of getting this done before summer, before our students went on break to give our parents and our kids some assurance that we won’t miss a beat come September,” Mominey.

A strike in 2011 cost students a week of classes. The new deal takes effect September 1.

14,000 students attend the 17 high schools.

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