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I just got a call from the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, the umbrella labor group that represents more than 100 local unions.

The Labor Council is holding a press conference at 11:30 a.m. to “ask for a solution to the layoff crisis at city schools.” I don’t know exactly what that means yet, but keep in mind that the school board has been pleaded for the teachers union to give back promised raises. So far, teachers haven’t budged.

But the San Diego Unified School District announced on Tuesday that it is sending final layoff notices to more than 1,500 educators — to almost one in five teachers at the district. The district has been calling on the San Diego Education Association, which represents local educators, to make concessions on its pay and benefits packages in order to avoid many, if not all, of those layoffs.

The SDEA is a member of the Labor Council.

I’ll have more after the press conference.

Will Carless is an investigative reporter at Voice of San Diego currently focused on local education. You can reach him at will.carless@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5670.

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Will Carless

Will Carless was formerly the head of investigations at Voice of San Diego.

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