Contract battle brewing between Catholic schoolteachers and NY Archdiocese

Hundreds of Catholic schoolteachers gathered outside Cardinal Spellman High School Thursday to have their voices heard about contract issues.

The union representing the teachers is demanding a new contract from the New York Archdiocese. The union says the teachers have been working without a contract since September 1 and only earn $36,000 a year, which is less than public school teachers. Union officials say the archdiocese is only offering the teachers a 1 percent pay raise.

But a spokesman for the archdiocese says the contract offer is a 10 percent raise over three years. As for benefits, the spokesperson says what the teachers have is what everyone else at the archdiocese has.

Archdiocese officials say the next the round of negotiations is scheduled for November.

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