Saturday, June 30, 2007

Vatican denies local Catholic teachers right to unionize

Local Catholic elementary school teachers are crying foul over yet another ruling against them straight from the Vatican.

In the third and final stage of appeal, a five member panel of church judges denied teachers' request to recognize their right to unionize.

Catholic elementary teachers say the diocese negotiates with secondary school teachers, Catholic journalists and cemetery workers.

They also say their rights are not being recognized.

The Archdiocese released a statement on Wednesday from Bishop Robert Hermann saying, “Since 1998, the Archdiocese of St. Louis has been working with parents, elementary teachers, and parishes in developing the parish teacher committee. The role of the parish teacher committee is to involve all elementary teachers in negotiations involving compensation."

Teachers say they're currently in the process of regrouping and figuring out what their next move will be, if any.

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