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Catholic-school teachers in New York threaten a strike

April 29, 2015

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Teachers at parochial schools in New York have threatened a 1-day strike to protest plans for school closings in the archdiocese.

The work stoppage also reflects the dissatisfaction with members of the Federation of Catholic Teachers over the fact that they have worked since September without a contract. Union president Julia Pignataro charged: “They offered us paltry 1% wage increases and then said they would have to close more schools if we accepted it. That’s coercion.”

A spokesman for the New York archdiocese said that a teachers’ strike “will only disrupt children’s education.”


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  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Apr. 30, 2015 9:27 AM ET USA

    Living in the Archdiocese of NY, I can tell you what a loss the old-style nuns were to the Catholic schools here. Secular teachers really are about the contracts and pay increases and some, known to me personally, do not really uphold Catholic teaching. My son was removed from our local parish school at the age of 7. Too much going on that was not good for him.