The Secondary School System of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Association of Catholic Teachers are happy to announce that a new contract agreement has been ratified by the teachers at a General Membership Meeting held on May 28, 2014. The new one-year Agreement takes effect on September 1, 2014 and affects the 650 high school lay teachers in the 17 schools operated by the Archdiocese.
In the fall of 2013, the School System and the Association agreed to focus on key issues in an effort to streamline negotiations and settle the contract prior to the close of the school year. The negotiating teams met often throughout the spring in a spirit of collaboration to achieve a contract settlement.
The Agreement provides for salary increases of $1200 for 2014-2015 and addresses rising medical costs in a manner that is fair to all parties. There will be moderate increases in employee contributions to the medical plan. Both parties agreed to partner in exploring ways to better manage health care costs moving forward.
Both the Association and the School System are pleased that these successful negotiations will provide assurances to the students and their parents that our schools will be poised for another year of success in September.