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

LIUNA Local 305

  1. Immaculate Heart Academy, Washington Township, NJ
  2. Hudson Catholic Regional High School, Jersey City, NJ
  3. Mother Seton Regional High School, Clark, NJ
  4. Paramus Catholic High School, Paramus, NJ
  5. Roselle Catholic High School, Roselle, NJ
  6. Saint Joseph Regional High School, Montvale, NJ
  7. Union Catholic Regional High School, Scotch Plains, NJ

NACST

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

Diocese of Trenton

AFT

  1. Monsignor Donovan HS, Tom’s River NJ

NACST

  1. Holy Cross HS, Delran NJ
  2. St. Rose Grammar School, 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. Joseph – St. Thomas, Staten Island NY
    17. St. Joseph by-the-Sea HS, Staten Island NY
    18. St. Patrick, Staten Island NY
    19. St. Peter’s Boys HS, Staten Island NY
    20. St. Peter-St. Paul, Staten Island NY
    21. St. Rita, Staten Island NY
    22. St. Teresa, Staten Island NY
    23. Dominican Academy HS, New York NY
    24. Epiphany, New York NY
    25. Guardian Angel, New York NY
    26. Immaculate Conception, New York NY
    27. LaSalle Academy HS, 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. Mount Carmel/Holy Rosary, New York NY
    44. Our Lady of Lourdes, New York NY
    45. Our Lady Queen of Angels, New York NY
    46. Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, New York NY
    47. St. Ann, New York NY
    48. St. Charles Borromeo, New York NY
    49. St. Elizabeth, New York NY
    50. St. Mark the Evangelist, New York NY
    51. St. Paul, New York NY
    52. St. Rose of Lima, New York NY
    53. Holy Cross, Bronx NY
    54. Holy Family, Bronx NY
    55. Immaculate Conception, Bronx NY
    56. Monsignor Scanlan HS, Bronx NY
    57. Our Lady of the Assumption, Bronx NY
    58. St. Anselm, Bronx NY
    59. St. Athanasius, Bronx NY
    60. St. Benedict, Bronx NY
    61. St. Frances de Chantal, Bronx NY
    62. St. John Chrysostom, Bronx NY
    63. St. Luke, Bronx NY
    64. St. Theresa, Bronx NY
    65. St. Thomas Aquinas, Bronx NY
    66. Christ The King, Bronx NY
    67. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Bronx NY
    68. Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx NY
    69. Sacred Heart, Bronx NY
    70. St. Angela Merici, Bronx NY
    71. St. Brendan, Bronx NY
    72. St. Gabriel, Bronx NY
    73. St. John, Bronx NY
    74. St. Joseph, Bronx NY
    75. St. Margaret Mary, Bronx NY
    76. St. Margaret of Cortona, Bronx NY
    77. St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Bronx NY
    78. St. Philip Neri, Bronx NY
    1. Simon Stock, Bronx NY
    2. Holy Rosary, Bronx NY
    3. Immaculate Conception, Bronx NY
    4. Nativity of Our Blessed Lady, Bronx NY
    5. Our Lady of Grace, Bronx NY
    6. Santa Maria, Bronx NY
    7. Barnabas, Bronx NY
    8. Barnabas HS, Bronx NY
    9. Clare of Assisi, Bronx NY
    10. Francis of Assisi, Bronx NY
    11. Francis Xavier, Bronx NY
    12. Helena, Bronx NY
    13. Lucy, Bronx NY
    14. Raymond, Bronx NY
    15. Raymond Academy for Girls, Bronx NY
    16. Raymond High School for Boys, Bronx NY
    17. Philip and James, Bronx NY
    18. Annunciation, Crestwood NY
    19. Holy Name of Jesus, New Rochelle NY
    20. Immaculate Conception, Tuckahoe NY
    21. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Pelham Manor NY
    22. Our Lady of Victory, Mt. Vernon NY
    23. Sacred Heart, Yonkers NY
    24. Sacred Heart HS, Yonkers NY
    25. Ann, Yonkers NY
    26. Anthony, Yonkers NY
    27. Eugene, Yonkers NY
    28. John the Baptist, Yonkers NY
    29. Joseph, Bronxville NY
    30. Paul the Apostle, Yonkers NY
    31. Peter, Yonkers NY
    32. The John Cardinal O’Connor School, Irvington-on-Hudson NY
    33. Corpus Christi/Holy Rosary, Port Chester NY
    34. Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scarsdale NY
    35. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Elmsford NY
    36. Our Lady of Sorrows, White Plains NY
    37. Resurrection, Rye NY
    38. Sacred Heart, Hartsdale NY
    39. Augustine, Ossining NY
    40. Columbanus, Cortlandt Manor NY
    41. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Shrub Oak NY
    42. Patrick, Bedford NY
    43. Patrick, Yorktown Heights NY
    44. John & Paul, Larchmont NY
    45. Transfiguration, Tarrytown NY
    46. Most Precious Blood, Walden NY
    47. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middletown NY
    48. Sacred Heart, Suffern NY
    49. Sacred Heart, Monroe NY
    50. Sacred Heart/St. Francis, Newburgh NY
    51. Anthony, Nanuet NY
    52. Gregory Barbarigo, Garnerville NY
    53. John S. Burke HS, Goshen NY
    54. John, Goshen NY
    55. Margaret, Pearl River NY
    56. Paul, Valley Cottage NY
    57. Stephen/St. Edward, Warwick NY
    58. Holy Trinity, Poughkeepsie NY
    59. Kingston Catholic, Kingston NY
    60. Denis/St. Columba, Hopewell Jct NY
    61. James the Apostle, Carmel NY
    62. Martin de Porres, Poughkeepsie NY
    63. Mary, Fishkill NY
    64. Mary, Wappingers Falls NY
    65. Peter, Poughkeepsie NY
    66. Peter’s Regional, Liberty NY

 

LIUNA Local 255, 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 255, 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

Central Ohio Association of Catholic Educators (COACE)

  • Bishop Hartley HS
  • Bishop Ready HS
  • Bishop Watterson HS
  • St Charles HS
  • St Francis de Sales HS

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

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