Teachers union preparing for cutback talks 

San Francisco teacher’s union is holding an emergency meeting tonight to empower the union president to begin bargaining with Superintendent Carlos Garcia, who on Tuesday announced that there would be layoffs.

The district is facing a $113 million shortfall over the next two years, and Garcia has proposed $44 million in cuts coming from labor contracts, a move which would have to be negotiated between the union and the district. The cuts include furloughs and increased class sizes.

However union leaders say they won't negotiate anything with the district until Garcia provides them with more details and transparency about what could and should be cut from the district budget. They say they want to ensure that the district is prioritizing cuts away from the classrooms before they are willing to make any concessions.

“We can’t just take him at his word,” said Matthew Hardy, communications director with United Educators of San Francisco. “We won’t sit down until they give us more (information).”

Preliminary pink slips are going out March 15.

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