Catholic teachers vote to approve a strike

    Update, 4:25 p.m. The Association of Catholic Teachers has released a statement on its members’s decision to strike.

    “We worked long and hard to secure a contract for our members, but we reached an impasse last night,” reads the statement from ACT President Rita Schwartz. “We wanted to negotiate the items left on the table, but the Archdiocese gave us an ultimatum – all or nothing.”

    ACT members voted to strike this morning after negotiations with the diocese ended. The decision affects more than 700 high school teacers.

    Original report Just a few minutes ago, Philadelphia’s parochial high school teachers voted to approve a strike, as WHYY’s Tom MacDonald tells us.

    The group of teachers from 17 archdiocesan high schools met this morning to vote after ending contract negotiations with the diocese. A similar strike in 2003 delayed the return of students to school.

    This is a developing story and will be updated.

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