Archdiocese Catholic High School Teachers Strike Update
The Archdiocese and the teachers union take distinctly different tones as strike approaches the one week mark.
Tuesday afternoon the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which operates 17 high schools in and around Philadelphia, and The Association of Catholic Teachers which represents about 800 striking teachers issued negotiation updates.
The two sides resumed negations at 1 p.m. Tuesday after the Archdiocese announced school would be closed on Wednesday for high school students and remain closed until a contract settlement is reached. The closings affect only high schools operated by the Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia and not K-8 parish schools or Devon Prep, which is a private school.
As of 7 p.m. the union and the Archdiocese had issued updates on the negotiations, although it was not clear whether the union's update to members was posted on the ACT 1776 local union website before or after the Tuesday afternoon bargaining session.
The Archdiocese also emailed the following statement to Patch and other media outlets just before 6 p.m. Tuesday.