The Federation of Pittsburgh Diocesan Teachers was formed in 1971 by the lay teachers of the high schools of the Pittsburgh Diocese. Since that time the Federation has grown steadily. The majority of lay teachers in the Diocese of Pittsburgh now belong to the Federation.
We are affiliated with the National Association of Catholic School Teachers: 1700 Sansom Street - Suite 903 - Philadelphia, PA 19103.
We believe that Catholic lay teachers deserve fair and just compensation for their service.
Therefore, we have negotiated contracts with steadily rising wage scales. Our wages consistently exceed those of non-union lay teachers. We have maintained health benefits competitive with workers in any industry. We have secured several pension options for lay teachers.
We believe Catholic lay teachers should have a professional and positive working environment.
Therefore, we enjoy a professional working relationship with the Diocese of Pittsburgh. We work to insure that all of our schools are Communities of Faith for students, parents, administrators and teachers. We insist that the professional needs of our teachers are met. We have a grievance procedure to resolve serious conflicts.
We believe Catholic schools are important for the future of the Church and our nation.
Therefore, we are involved in projects that will insure Catholic education will be here for future generations. We support the Bishop’s Education Fund to assist needy students. Our teachers volunteer to serve on various diocesan committees. We support the School Choice movement.
We believe Catholic lay teachers have the right to collective bargaining.
Therefore, we agree with the American Bishops that:
"...Catholic social teaching strongly supports the right of employees to organize and bargain collectively with their employers. The free exercise of these rights pertains to Catholic School Teachers and other school employees in the same way it relates to employees of other Catholic institutes and secular organizations."
(USCC Bishop's Subcommittee on Teacher Organizations)
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