"We want the school board to do all it can to be fiscally responsible before you start asking teachers for salary cuts," Soderberg said. "The school board needs to tighten its belt before it asks teachers to tighten their belts."
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Superintendent Ramon Cortines announced last week that layoffs are the only way to close a looming $500 million budget deficit unless employees take a four-day furlough this year and a 12 percent pay cut next year.
A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles, on Monday rejected Cortines' ultimatum, but said the union was "willing to talk" about options.
"First I want the (district's) books open completely and I want to know what they are spending their money on," he said.