Union says N.Y. Archdiocese threatening to close schools unless teachers scrap raises

Staten Island Advance

By Diane C. Lore | lore@siadvance.com
on January 06, 2015

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The union representing Catholic school teachers in the New York Archdiocese says the archdiocese is playing hardball with its latest contract proposal, threatening to close more Catholic schools unless teachers forgo a 2 percent raise increase over two years.

Federation of Catholic Teachers’ (FCT) President Julia Pignataro outlined what the union says are the latest contract proposals in a letter to members, a copy of which was obtained by the Advance.

Teachers have been working without a contract since they returned to school in September. Earlier in the collective bargaining process, the union asked for a 6 percent per year wage increase over a three-year period. The archdiocese countered with a 1 percent wage increase offer over three years, and the union then countered with a 5 percent increase.

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