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August 31, 2006

STATEMENT FROM THE OFFICE OF CATHOLIC EDUCATION
REGARDING TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS - 7:00 P.M.

Negotiations have concluded for the evening, therefore the contract between the Archdiocese and the teachers' union will expire at midnight. Both parties have agreed to continue to hold negotiating sessions. The teachers' union has scheduled a ratification vote by members for Tuesday, September 5, 2006 at 11:00 a.m.

It is disappointing that we do not have an agreement in place as of yet; negotiations have been taking place since the month of April. The Archdiocese and the union have agreed to meet again in a Friday session to continue this process. We are committed to getting the job done and are willing to come to the table whenever necessary to accomplish it.

The goal of the Archdiocese has been and continues to be a contract that is equitable to both sides and respects the needs of teachers as well as school families, students and the overall education provided in our schools. Our teachers are one of our most valuable assets but we are mindful of balancing their needs with those of everyone else connected to Catholic high schools.

School is scheduled to open on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. Students are expected to report. In the event of a strike, contingency plans would be announced; however, school will open the first week regardless of any action by the teachers' union.


Editor's Note: The contract now under negotiation will affect 955 high school lay teachers. In the five-county region 21,260 students attend Archdiocesan high schools (as of the 2005-2006 school year). Please note that Archdiocesan elementary and special education school teachers are not members of the secondary school teachers' union. The first day of school is Wednesday, September 6, 2006.


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Donna Farrell
Director of Communications
215-587-3747

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