from $850 to $900 a year, Mr. Spirer pointed out. A scale of $1,200 a year, salaries paid on time, and vacations with pay are demanded.
More than 120 teachers from fifteen parochial schools gathered at the organization’s headquarters early yesterday morning and held a spirited meeting. Similar sessions were held by teachers throughout the city yesterday.
The union, according to Mr. Spirer’s statements, is 100 per cent organized and comprises three divisions, Agudat, More and Hay Eshizot. Teachers in the Board of Education system who teach Hebrew in the city High Schools are not involved.
“We would like to secure the management of the schools by the teacher,” declared Mr. Spirer. “In many schools the funds that have been raised in educational drives or which have been allocated towards educational purposes have been spent for non-educational purposes. The teacher has suffered as a result of these practices in the forms of low and unpaid salaries.”
Rabbi Stephen S. Wise addressed a mass meeting of the teachers last night at the Hotel Pennsylvania.
In the course of his address, Dr. Wise, who is president of the American Jewish Congress, urged that the Jewish community here “establish the education of our children on the broadest and securest basis.”
Appealing for sympathy and understanding for the Hebrew teachers in their stoppage, Dr. Wise voiced the hope that their action would “mark the beginning of a new attitude of understanding and sense of obligation toward the vital and central problem of Jewish education.”