New contract for Catholic teachers

May 28, 2008 8:38:35 PM PDT
The archdiocese of Phladelphia and its teachers have reached agreement on a new three-year contract.The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Association of Catholic Teachers made the announcement Wednesday night.

The agreement takes effect on September 1, 2008 and affects the 930 secondary school teachers in the 20 schools operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

In the Fall of 2007, both parties agreed to focus only on financial aspects of the contract in an effort to streamline and to settle the contract prior to the close of school. The negotiating teams met extensively over the last several days in an effort to achieve this goal and the tentative agreement was reached Wednesday afternoon.

The agreement provides for salary increases of $1,750, $1,900 and $2,000, representing a raise of approximately 11.9 % over the three years in the contract. The previous agreement provided increases of $1,500 and $1,700.

To address rising medical costs, there will be increases in employee contributions in the first and third year of the contract and there will be a change in the medical plan to increase doctor and prescription co-pays in the second year of the contract. Both sides agreed to promote wellness programs offered by the medical carriers.