New York Catholic teachers seek wage increase, take part in rolling strike

(CNS) In early May, Catholic school teachers in the New York archdiocese took part in one-day strikes at 16 different schools and are planning to continue to participate in these “rolling strikes” throughout the month, according to the teachers’ union.

The Federation of Catholic Teachers, which represents more than 2,600 teachers, said they were striking to protest what the group calls unfair labor practices charges it has raised against the archdiocese’s Association of Catholic Schools. The charge is based on a letter to teachers from the archdiocesan school superintendent that said that if teachers accept a salary increase of 1 percent, it could lead to Catholic school closures.

Julia Pignataro, president of the teachers’ union, said the letter to Catholic school parents and teachers earlier this year from Timothy McNiff, superintendent of schools, was a direct violation of the bargaining process.

Joseph Zwilling, communications director for the New York archdiocese, told Catholic News Service that archdiocesan attorneys have assured the archdiocese that they have “done nothing improper.” [More]


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