Bronx Catholic school teachers voice opposition to contract proposal

Dozens of Bronx Catholic school teachers showed their disapproval to a contract proposal Wednesday by protesting before the start of classes.

Teachers from St. Barnabus, St. Ann's, St. Margaret of Cortona and Our Lady of Solace participated in the protest. The teachers have been working without a contract since August and are currently unsatisfied with the offer being made by the archdiocese. According to a union representative, the archdiocese has offered the teachers a 1 percent pay raise and wants them to contribute more to health care costs. The union rep says teachers can't afford to pay more and want a 5 percent pay raise.

The teachers say the wage and benefit package will result in a pay cut averaging 2,000 per year for each teacher.

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