They aint so holy
Catholic school teachers are requesting a mediator after contract talks break down.
Teachers at 3 Long Island Catholic High Schools are requesting a state appointed mediator after contract talks have broken down.
The 216 teachers, represented by the Lay Faculty Association Local 1261, teach at Holy Trinity, St. John the Baptist and Bishop McGann-Mercy High Schools. They have been working since August without a contract. "Our teachers have dedicated their lives to teach at these [Diocese of] Rockville Centre schools, knowing their salaries would never equal those of the public sector," the union said. "However, the dignity of every teacher is at stake. How much more do the teachers have to sacrifice? Our teachers have families to support and bills to pay too." Starting salaries at these schools are about $10,000 less than their public school counterparts.
The teachers are asking for a 6 percent increase per year for three years. The diocese countered with a proposed increase of 1.5 percent for the first two years and 2 percent the third year.