Welcome to our new and improved website! I wish this were under different terms as we all grapple daily with the five W’s. BTA continues to support you and enforce the rights and protections we have under our current MOU and contract. Now more than ever it is important to have our union in place. I hope the few who are not members will grow to see that what they are able to enjoy is a result of all of their colleagues’ joint efforts to support unionism.
Today we move forward and practice safe measures until COVID-19 retracts, and it becomes safe for us to return to a new sense of normalcy. BTA is here for all of our members and in spite of our imperfection, we will rise and show our Burbank community what consummate educators look like as we resume education through a distance learning platform.
I look forward to the day we can meet again in person. We will celebrate! Until then, be well and stay well.

In unity,
Diana Abasta
BTA President

Member Update 4-06-21

Dear members:
Thank you for your advocacy, support, and patience. We have finished the MOU and signed it. Here is the MOU REGARDING THE OPENING OF SCHOOLS: PHASE 3 . Please feel free to email me at btapresident@burbankteachers.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Our world has been turned upside down a few times this year, but I never forget who we represent and that is you. It is not easy to meet everyone’s needs or to agree on everything, but the hard work of Nate Banditelli, Sue Conway, Adam Hochberg, Brenda Kosbab, Heidi Lavitt, and Laura Mixon is to be commended. I also want to thank your Eboard Nicole Drabecki, Dahlia Dobbertin, Alyson Edge, Michelle Dixon, Jessica Mayes, Lisa Raluy, Samantha Robman, Sarah Schwartz, Bridget Highfill, Jerry Mullady, and Mark Norberg. In addition, I want to thank Allison Murphy who has served as the BHS interim high school director and Chandra Collins, Cristy Brinton, Michelle Dixon, and Janice Gresham who worked hours on the SPED part of the MOU. Finally, I want to thank Alice Holmes who keeps our office running and our communiques going out to you.

Keep safe.



“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” Maya Angelou

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Burbank Teachers Association

The Burbank Teachers Association, established in 1948 and incorporated in 1963, is the exclusive bargaining agent for teachers, counselors, school nurses, and speech and language pathologists in the Burbank Unified School District.



BTA’s mission is to provide quality public education for all students, to protect and promote the well-being and working conditions of our members, and to solidify and advance our collective bargaining rights.


We value a safe teaching and learning environment that addresses the physical, mental, and emotional needs of our members. We work to improve and maintain fair working and learning conditions. We want to always focus on attracting and retaining quality educators.


BTA continues to be a professional organization that represents and engages all members through an active presence in the community and it continues to focus on maintaining a balanced relationship with parents, district, and community members.

Quality Educators

In the 201920 school year, Burbank Teachers Association represents over 825 educators. BTA is affiliated with the California Teachers Association (CTA) and National Education Association (NEA).

We are governed by an Executive Board elected by the membership consisting of the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, two High School Directors, Middle School Director, two Elementary School Directors, two State Council Representatives, an At-Large Director, and a CTA Board Member. The policy making body is the Representative Council consisting of elected members from each school site with a total membership of about 50 representatives.

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