Hundreds of Bronx students sent home as Catholic school teachers stage sickout

Hundreds of Bronx Catholic school students were dismissed early Tuesday after union teachers staged a one-day sickout.

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.

A spokesperson for the archdiocese said officials are attempting to reach an agreement that's fair for teachers, the schools and parents, who will ultimately pay for settlement in tuition payments.

Students at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Grand Concourse were sent home with letters explaining the situation. A similar process also occurred at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx. School officials say classes will resume Wednesday.

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