As of yesterday, Philadelphia’s parochial high school teachers had not reached a contract agreement with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Today, the negotiations have stopped.
“The Association of Catholic Teachers broke off negotiations early Tuesday morning after very little progress was made in weekend negotiating sessions,” reads a statement from the archdiocese.
“The Archdiocese made multiple concessions in our proposals and believes the contract offered to the teachers is equitable. It is our hope that our teachers will recognize that a strike is not in their best interest and most certainly not in the best interest of our students and their families.”
Teachers at the 17 high school have been fighting for salary, benefits and working conditions changes, and have said the diocese’s terms are anti-teacher and anti-union.