Catholic K-12 Education

According to the National Catholic Educational Association, 150,000 teachers and support staff instruct nearly two million children in our nation’s Catholic schools. Before the 1960s most teaching positions were filled by vowed religious (nuns, friars, and priests who belonged to religious orders). Today lay men and women account for more than 97% of the Catholic school workforce.

Unlike most Catholic hospitals and universities, Catholic schools are typically operated directly by the Church. Elementary and Middle schools are generally operated by parishes, while high schools are more commonly operated by a diocese or sponsoring religious order. Because they are directly operated by the Church and charged with teaching religious doctrine to Catholic youth, the courts have exempted these schools from the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Act, citing the First Amendment’s absolute protections of religious freedom.

This exemption does NOT mean that teachers lack the right to form unions and bargain collectively, just that the National Labor Relations Board will not protect them from those that might violate their rights. The NLRB’s absence does not absolve the pastor, school board or principal from the Bishops’ injunction that “All the moral principles that govern the just operation of any economic endeavor apply to the Church and its agencies and institutions; indeed the Church should be exemplary (Economic Justice for All, 1986).”

Indeed, thousands of Catholic Schoolteachers across the United States have formed unions and established mutually rewarding collective bargaining relationships with individual Catholic schools or entire Diocesan school systems. Some belong to familiar unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO, while many others belong to an independent union, the National Association of Catholic School Teachers.


Catholic K-12 Education

According to the National Catholic Educational Association, 150,000 teachers and support staff instruct nearly two million children in our nation’s Catholic schools. Before the 1960s most teaching positions were filled by vowed religious (nuns, friars, and priests who belonged to religious orders). Today lay men and women account for more than 97% of the Catholic school workforce.

Unlike most Catholic hospitals and universities, Catholic schools are typically operated directly by the Church. Elementary and Middle schools are generally operated by parishes, while high schools are more commonly operated by a diocese or sponsoring religious order. Because they are directly operated by the Church and charged with teaching religious doctrine to Catholic youth, the courts have exempted these schools from the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Act, citing the First Amendment’s absolute protections of religious freedom.

This exemption does NOT mean that teachers lack the right to form unions and bargain collectively, just that the National Labor Relations Board will not protect them from those that might violate their rights. The NLRB’s absence does not absolve the pastor, school board or principal from the Bishops’ injunction that “All the moral principles that govern the just operation of any economic endeavor apply to the Church and its agencies and institutions; indeed the Church should be exemplary (Economic Justice for All, 1986).”

Indeed, in approximately 300 K-12 Catholic Schools across the across the United States, teachers have formed unions and established mutually rewarding collective bargaining relationships with individual Catholic schools or entire Diocesan school systems. Some belong to familiar unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO, while many others belong to an independent union, the National Association of Catholic School Teachers.

Below find hundreds of Catholic schools with unions representing teachers and other staff; if yours is missing, contact clayton@catholiclabor.org.

 

California

Archdiocese of San Francisco

AFT Local 2240

  1. Marin Catholic HS, Kentfield  CA
  2. Sacred Heart Cathedral HS, San Francisco CA
  3. Archbishop Riordan HS, San Francisco CA
  4. Junipero Serra HS, San Mateo CA

 

Diocese of San Jose

AFT 2240

  1. Archbishop Mitty HS, San Jose CA

Connecticut

Archdiocese of Hartford

NACST, Greater Hartford Catholic Education Association

    1. East Catholic HS, Manchester CT
    2. Northwest Catholic HS, West Hartford CT
    3. Sacred Heart High School, Waterbury CT
    4. Paul HS, Bristol CT

 

Missouri

Archdiocese of St. Louis

NACST, St. Louis Archdiocesan Teachers Association

  • Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory
  • Bishop DuBourg High School
  • Rosati-Kain High School
  • Marys High School
  • Pius X High School
  • Trinity Catholic High School

 

New Jersey

Archdiocese of Newark

NACST

  1. St Joseph’s HS, West New York NJ
  2. Our Lady of Peace ES, Fords NJ

 

Diocese of Trenton

AFT

  1. Mater Dei HS, New Monmouth NJ
  2. Monsignor Donovan HS, Tom’s River NJ

 

NACST

  1. Holy Cross HS, Delran NJ
  2. St. Rose HS, Belmar NJ
  3. St. John Vianney, Holmdel NJ

 

 

Diocese of Camden

NACST

  1. Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill NJ
  2. Holy Spirit High School, Absecon NJ
  3. Paul VI High School, Haddon Twp. NJ
  4. St. Joseph High School, Hammonton NJ
  5. Wildwood Catholic High School, Wildwood NJ

 

New York

Archdiocese of New York

OPEIU Local 153, Federation of Catholic Teachers

  1. Blessed Sacrament, Staten Island NY
  2. Holy Rosary, Staten Island NY
  3. Monsignor Farrell HS, Staten Island NY
  4. Notre Dame Academy HS, Staten Island NY
  5. Our Lady Help of Christians, Staten Island NY
  6. Our Lady of Good Counsel, Staten Island NY
  7. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel/St. Benedicta, Staten Island NY
  8. Our Lady Queen of Peace, Staten Island NY
  9. Our Lady Star of the Sea, Staten Island NY
  10. Sacred Heart, Staten Island NY
  11. St. Adalbert, Staten Island NY
  12. St. Ann, Staten Island NY
  13. St. Charles, Staten Island NY
  14. St. Christopher, Staten Island NY
  15. St. Clare, Staten Island NY
  16. St. John Villa Academy HS, Staten Island NY
  17. St. Joseph – St. Thomas, Staten Island NY
  18. St. Joseph by-the-Sea HS, Staten Island NY
  19. St. Patrick, Staten Island NY
  20. St. Peter’s Boys HS, Staten Island NY
  21. St. Peter-St. Paul, Staten Island NY
  22. St. Rita, Staten Island NY
  23. St. Teresa, Staten Island NY
  24. Dominican Academy HS, New York NY
  25. Epiphany, New York NY
  26. Guardian Angel, New York NY
  27. Immaculate Conception, New York NY
  28. Notre Dame, New York NY
  29. Our Lady of Pompeii, New York NY
  30. Sacred Heart of Jesus, New York NY
  31. St. Brigid, New York NY
  32. St. Ignatius Loyola, New York NY
  33. St. Jean Baptiste HS, New York NY
  34. St. Joseph–Yorkville, New York NY
  35. St. Stephen of Hungary, New York NY
  36. St. Vincent Ferrer HS, New York NY
  37. Transfiguration, New York NY
  38. Ascension, New York NY
  39. Blessed Sacrament, New York NY
  40. Corpus Christi, New York NY
  41. Good Shepherd, New York NY
  42. Incarnation, New York NY
  43. LaSalle Academy, New York NY
  44. Mount Carmel/Holy Rosary, New York NY
  45. Our Lady of Lourdes, New York NY
  46. Our Lady Queen of Angels, New York NY
  47. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, New York NY
  48. St. Ann, New York NY
  49. St. Charles Borromeo, New York NY
  50. St. Elizabeth, New York NY
  51. St. Mark the Evangelist, New York NY
  52. St. Paul, New York NY
  53. St. Rose of Lima, New York NY
  54. Holy Cross, Bronx NY
  55. Holy Family, Bronx NY
  56. Immaculate Conception, Bronx NY
  57. Monsignor Scanlan HS, Bronx NY
  58. Our Lady of the Assumption, Bronx NY
  59. St. Anselm, Bronx NY
  60. St. Athanasius, Bronx NY
  61. St. Benedict, Bronx NY
  62. St. Frances de Chantal, Bronx NY
  63. St. John Chrysostom, Bronx NY
  64. St. Luke, Bronx NY
  65. St. Theresa, Bronx NY
  66. St. Thomas Aquinas, Bronx NY
  67. Christ The King, Bronx NY
  68. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Bronx NY
  69. Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx NY
  70. Sacred Heart, Bronx NY
  71. St. Angela Merici, Bronx NY
  72. St. Brendan, Bronx NY
  73. St. Gabriel, Bronx NY
  74. St. John, Bronx NY
  75. St. Joseph, Bronx NY
  76. St. Margaret Mary, Bronx NY
  77. St. Margaret of Cortona, Bronx NY
  78. St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Bronx NY
  79. St. Philip Neri, Bronx NY
  80. St. Simon Stock, Bronx NY
  81. Holy Rosary, Bronx NY
  82. Immaculate Conception, Bronx NY
  83. Nativity of Our Blessed Lady, Bronx NY
  84. Our Lady of Grace, Bronx NY
  85. Santa Maria, Bronx NY
  86. St. Barnabas, Bronx NY
  87. St. Barnabas HS, Bronx NY
  88. St. Clare of Assisi, Bronx NY
  89. St. Francis of Assisi, Bronx NY
  90. St. Francis Xavier, Bronx NY
  91. St. Helena, Bronx NY
  92. St. Lucy, Bronx NY
  93. St. Mary, Bronx NY
  94. St. Raymond, Bronx NY
  95. St. Raymond Academy for Girls, Bronx NY
  96. Raymond High School for Boys, Bronx NY
  97. Philip and James, Bronx NY
  98. Annunciation, Crestwood NY
  99. Holy Name of Jesus, New Rochelle NY
  100. Immaculate Conception, Tuckahoe NY
  101. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Pelham Manor NY
  102. Our Lady of Victory, Mt. Vernon NY
  103. Sacred Heart, Yonkers NY
  104. Sacred Heart HS, Yonkers NY
  105. Ann, Yonkers NY
  106. Anthony, Yonkers NY
  107. Eugene, Yonkers NY
  108. John the Baptist, Yonkers NY
  109. Joseph, Bronxville NY
  110. Paul the Apostle, Yonkers NY
  111. Peter, Yonkers NY
  112. The John Cardinal O’Connor School, Irvington-on-Hudson NY
  113. Corpus Christi/Holy Rosary, Port Chester NY
  114. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale NY
  115. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Elmsford NY
  116. Our Lady of Sorrows, White Plains NY
  117. Resurrection, Rye NY
  118. Sacred Heart, Hartsdale NY
  119. Augustine, Ossining NY
  120. Columbanus, Cortlandt Manor NY
  121. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Shrub Oak NY
  122. Patrick, Bedford NY
  123. Patrick, Yorktown Heights NY
  124. John & Paul, Larchmont NY
  125. Transfiguration, Tarrytown NY
  126. Most Precious Blood, Walden NY
  127. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middletown NY
  128. Sacred Heart, Suffern NY
  129. Sacred Heart, Monroe NY
  130. Sacred Heart/St. Francis, Newburgh NY
  131. Anthony, Nanuet NY
  132. Gregory Barbarigo, Garnerville NY
  133. John, Goshen NY
  134. John S. Burke Catholic NY
  135. Margaret, Pearl River NY
  136. Paul, Valley Cottage NY
  137. Stephen/St. Edward, Warwick NY
  138. Holy Trinity, Poughkeepsie NY
  139. Kingston Catholic, Kingston NY
  140. Denis/St. Columba, Hopewell Jct NY
  141. James the Apostle, Carmel NY
  142. Martin de Porres, Poughkeepsie NY
  143. Mary, Fishkill NY
  144. Mary, Wappingers Falls NY
  145. Peter, Poughkeepsie NY
  146. Peter’s Regional, Liberty NY


LIUNA Local 1261, Lay Faculty Association

  1. Cardinal Hayes HS, Bronx NY
  2. Cathedral HS, Manhattan NY
  3. Moore Catholic HS, Staten Island NY
  4. Cardinal Spellman HS, Bronx NY
  5. Archbishop Stepinac HS, White Plains NY
  6. Maria Regina HS, Hartsdale NY

 

AFT

  1. St. Dominic’s Home, Blauvelt NY

 

Diocese of Albany

AFT

  1. Christian Brothers Academy, Albany NY
  2. Lasalle Institute, Troy NY

 

 Diocese of Brooklyn

LIUNA Local 1261, Lay Faculty Association

  1. Bishop Loughlin HS, Brooklyn NY
  2. Bishop Kearney, Brooklyn NY
  3. Archbishop Molloy Brooklyn NY
  4. St. Edmunds , Brooklyn NY
  5. Nazareth Regional HS, Brooklyn NY

Diocese of Buffalo

NACST, Diocesan Elementary Schools Association

  1. Catholic Academy of West Buffalo, Buffalo NY
  2. Holy Family, Buffalo NY
  3. St. Agatha, Buffalo NY
  4. St. Agnes, Buffalo NY
  5. St. Ambrose, Buffalo NY
  6. St. Bernard, Buffalo NY
  7. St. Mark, Buffalo NY
  8. St. Martin, Buffalo NY
  9. St. Thomas Aquinas, Buffalo NY
  10. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Orchard Park NY
  11. St. Bernadette, Orchard Park NY
  12. St. Andrew, Kenmore NY
  13. St. Paul, Kenmore NY
  14. Queen of Heaven, West Seneca NY
  15. St. Bonaventure, West Seneca NY
  16. Our Mother of Good Counsel, Bladgell NY
  17. St. Barnabas, Depew NY
  18. St. Gregory the Great, Williamsville NY
  19. St. Leo the Great, Eggertsville NY
  20. St. Mary’s Swormville, E. Amherst NY

 

NACST, Secondary Lay Teachers Association

  • Buffalo Diocesan Secondary Schools

 

Diocese of Rockville Centre

LIUNA Local 1261, Lay Faculty Association

  1. Holy Trinity HS, Hicksville NY
  2. Bishop McGann – Mercy High School, Riverhead NY
  3. St. John the Baptist High School, West Islip NY
  4. Sacred Heart Academy, Hempstead NY

Diocese of Syracuse

AFT

  1. Christian Brothers Academy, Syracuse NY

Ohio

Diocese of Columbus

NACST, Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators (COACE)

  • Diocese of Columbus Union Schools

Diocese of Cleveland

NACST, Cleveland High School and Academy Lay Teachers Association (CHALTA)

  1. Lake Catholic HS
  2. Cleveland Central Catholic HS
  3. Villa Angela-St. Joseph HS
  4. Holy Name HS
  5. Elyria Catholic HS

 Diocese of Youngstown

NACST, Youngstown Confederation of Diocesan Teachers

  1. St. Charles ES
  2. Holy Family ES
  3. St. Nicholas ES
  4. St. Christine’s ES
  5. St. Joseph-Immaculate Heart of Mary ES
  6. St. Patrick in Hubbard ES
  7. Cardinal Mooney HS
  8. Central Catholic HS
  9. John F. Kennedy Upper Campus HS
  10. Thomas Aquinas HS
  11. Ursuline HS

 

 

Pennsylvania

Archdiocese of Philadelphia

NACST Local 1776, Association of Catholic Teachers

  1. Monsignor Bonner & Archbishop Prendergast HS
  2. Archbishop Carroll HS
  3. Conwell-Egan HS
  4. John W. Hallahan HS
  5. Holy Cross HS
  6. Saint Hubert HS
  7. Father Judge HS
  8. Lansdale Catholic HS
  9. Little Flower HS
  10. Bishop McDevitt HS
  11. Saints John Neumann & Maria Goretti HS
  12. Cardinal O’Hara HS
  13. Pope John Paul II HS
  14. Archbishop Prendergast HS
  15. Roman Catholic HS
  16. Archbishop Ryan HS
  17. Bishop Shanahan HS
  18. West Catholic HS
  19. Archbishop Wood HS

 

Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

NACST

  1. Bishop Carroll HS, Edensburg PA
  2. Bishop Guilfoyle HS, Altoona PA
  3. Bishop McCort HS, Johnstown PA

 

Diocese of Greensburg

NACST

  1. Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior HS, Connellsville PA
  2. Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior HS, Greensburg PA

 

Diocese of Pittsburgh

NACST, Federation of Pittsburgh Diocesan Teachers (FPDT)

  1. Bishop Canevin
  2. Blessed Sacrament
  3. Butler Catholic
  4. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
  5. Central Catholic
  6. Christ The Divine Teacher Academy
  7. East Catholic
  8. Holy Trinity
  9. John F. Kennedy
  10. Oakland Catholic
  11. Our Lady of Fatima
  12. Our Lady of Grace
  13. Quigley Catholic
  14. Serra Catholic
  15. Seton LaSalle
  16. St. Agnes
  17. St. Alexis
  18. St. Alphonsus
  19. St. Anthony
  20. St. Bartholomew
  21. St. Bernadette
  22. St. Bernard
  23. St. Bonaventure
  24. St. Elizabeth
  25. St. Gabriel
  26. St. John Bosco
  27. St. John The Baptist, Unity
  28. St. Joseph
  29. St. Louise De Marillac
  30. St. Malachy
  31. St. Maria Goretti
  32. St. Mary
  33. St. Patrick
  34. St. Sebastian
  35. St. Sylvester
  36. St. Teresa
  37. St. Therese
  38. St. Thomas More
  39. St. Vitus


IBT Local 26

  1. School at McGuire Memorial, New Brighton PA