Catholic school teachers protest pay freezePosted: Updated:
Catholic school teachers around New York are gathering at the Westchester County Center this morning for the Archdiocese of New York Teachers’ Conference, and many of them are taking the opportunity to silently protest a pay freeze.
The conference is typically held to celebrate teachers of the archdiocese and to hold a communal Mass in honor of educators. But this year, teachers are wearing black, and some, News 12 was told, are even wearing black veils.
They're sending a message to the Archdiocese of New York, saying they're not getting the contract they deserve, including pay increases, and maternity leave benefits.
Teachers say they only receive 25 percent of what teachers in similar positions at public schools make.
Some say the pay freeze is due to the fact the archdiocese is being forced to pay thousands of dollars in lawsuits over dozens of molestation cases.
The archdiocese denied News 12 access to inside the County Center. A spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York released a statement to News 12 saying, “Today's Spirituality Conference is a solemn celebration of our faith, with the women and men who make our Catholic Schools great. We love our teachers, and we will continue to negotiate a new agreement in good faith, in the proper place at the proper time.”