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L.A. Unified chief blasts teachers union's salary demands
L.A. Unified chief blasts teachers union's salary demands

L.A. Unified Supt. Ramon Cortines blasted the teachers union's salary demands Monday, calling them an unrealistic proposal that would force "catastrophic" layoffs of other employees.  After 16 meetings and months of contract negotiations with United Teachers Los Angeles, Cortines issued a public letter sharply criticizing the union's demands for an 8.5% salary increase and other pay and earnings totaling 4.2% for the 2014-15 school year. He said the cost exceeded the district's offer by $833 million. The district recently increased its offer to raise pay from 2% to 4%. Cortines also said the union's demands to reduce class sizes would require the...

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