LOS ANGELES (CBS) — An estimated 40,000 local school teachers began voting on Thursday to decide whether to accept a pay cut that will halt thousands of layoffs.
KNX 1070′s John Brooks reports if approved, the vote — which lasts through Friday — would immediately rescind layoff notices sent to some 3,400 teachers, nurses, librarians and counselors.
Under the terms of the proposed deal, the teachers would have to agree to four furlough days — the equivalent of a pay cut.
Union president A.J. Duffy, however, hopes that ultimately the furloughs will be totally eliminated if state funding is increased.
“If the economic picture holds up, there will be no furlough days,” said Duffy.
The Los Angeles Unified school district is struggling to close a $408 million deficit in its $5 billion budget, but state funding could prove to be higher than initally projected.