Contract dispute with the Archdiocese of New York

Behind The News
April 1, 2008 1:02:41 PM PDT
They've been without a contract since the end of last August. Thousands of Catholic School teachers, in the middle of an ongoing contract dispute with the Archdiocese of New York, one of the most, if not the most, powerful diocese in the country. So it had less to do with religion than with labor organizing, that the Lay Faculty Association tonight will have a strike vote. The issue: Will the teachers go on strike when Pope Benedict XVI visits New York?

The Pope, in his first visit to the United States since his inauguration two years ago, will visit a couple of local Catholic schools; it would be hugely embarrassing if the teachers were on strike.

The teachers know that, and the Archdiocese knows it.

So it will be fascinating to see how this plays out. The vote is tonight, and Eyewitness News reporter Lucy Yang will be there for us, at 11.

Also at 11, a protest of a different kind. This one by truckers about high fuel prices. These are folks without a whole lot of personal leverage, and so their protest reflects that. Although it is likely to cause major inconveniences.

The truckers, beginning today, have started slowing down. Locally, the New Jersey Turnpike has been slowed considerably. And the protest will continue tonight.

And the Yankees will try again to host their final season opener. Jim Dolan has fan reaction, and Scott Clark is at the game for us.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

Bill Ritter