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September 6, 2011


The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is terribly disappointed by the decision of the Association of Catholic Teachers to strike. Since March 25, 2011 the Archdiocese has been bargaining in good faith to achieve a just and fair contract. Although the Association promised counter proposals regarding key issues on numerous occasions, it never provided anything substantial. Upon learning of the vote to strike the Archdiocesan negotiating team immediately offered to resume dialogue on Wednesday, September 7, 2011. The Association declined this request.

These negotiations involve unique and substantive issues about the operation of our secondary Catholic schools. This is not the typical contract negotiation where the issues are primarily limited to financial matters, such as salary and benefits. The issues at stake are critical for our teachers, our students and our parents if our schools are to continue their tradition of excellence into the future. The contract proposed by the Archdiocese was a watershed agreement aiming to allow our schools to adapt to the ever changing 21st century educational landscape and provide our students with the tools to succeed.

Each of the 17 Archdiocesan high schools will adhere to orientation schedules planned for this week. Students should report to school tomorrow, Wednesday, September 7, 2011. School administrators and non-union personnel will conduct orientation related activities.

A letter to parents and answers to frequently asked questions are posted on the web page created to provide updates on teacher negotiations at

Donna Farrell
Director of Communications

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