Teachers at 3 NJ schools will strike Monday

October 17, 2009 8:28:11 PM PDT
Teachers at three southern New Jersey Catholic high schools say they will go on strike Monday after contract talks broke down. But no job action will occur at a fourth school where a strike was considered, Catholic Teachers Union President Bill Blumenstein said Friday night. Raises and health benefits remain sticking points in negotiations.

Strikes will occur at Holy Spirit in Absecon, Camden Catholic in Cherry Hill and Paul VI in Haddonfield. But no strike will occur at Sacred Heart in Vineland because teachers there have their own contract and felt a job action would be too disruptive, citing its small size and enrollment.

The Camden Diocese says the schools where strikes are planned will remain open.