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.
Member Update 4-24-21
Thank you for your vote of confidence and support. I gladly accept the mission to serve you, the members for the next two years. You have also elected and reelected a strong Executive Board who will dedicate themselves to serving our members. We have done many good things to improve our working environment and that in turn improves the learning environment of our students. You have turned yourselves inside out to make this school year work for our students. We need to continue to support each other even when we may not be in the same situation as our fellow colleagues.
We have every right to feel that this past year and more has been as the Queen stated, “annus horribilis.” It’s hard to resist the toxic positivity that is sometimes thrust upon us. However, it is when we stand up and acknowledge that we have a right to speak up against added unreasonable demands and duties to our all ready filled plates that change occurs. I appreciate your patience because we all want to know as soon as possible what the next school year will look like. For now, let us make space for each other to get through these next few days before we start next steps.
To that end, I want to let you know about a few things that have transpired since the agreement of the MOU, Phase 3.
- Secondary teachers who teach past the contract hours of 7-2 or 8-3 will be compensated for their time.
- Elementary teachers will have a minimum day on May 27, 2021. No students in the afternoon. If teachers want to meet, then it is voluntary.
- Final Exam week for high school will have no students coming in the afternoon of the minimum days. Middle schools may follow the same schedule, but each site may have different schedule.
- We are seeking a one time compensation for all our members for this past year. The District received or will receive approx. $15,995,984. We are also proposing, if it is possible to put some money in Health benefits for our members who are paying over the CAP of $12,000 that the District provides.
- We are also working with our Horace Mann teachers, elementary site childcare teachers, and Around the Bell, (ATB), teachers. The District accepted the YMCA’s bid to take over Childcare, but as a result, it impacts our members in Childcare. We will keep you posted on next steps.
A quick reminder to those of you who do not have disability insurance to look at the information you have received on Standard Disability insurance. Unlike the private sector, you are not covered by the state, so it is very worthwhile to make sure you have disability insurance. After all, we only get or have so many sick days and what would happen if there was an accident or another catastrophic event. I know I don’t have that kind of cash to cover me for months on end. Standard Disability offers you the best coverage so please, look at the information we have sent, and let us know if you need more information.
Rep. Council has its last meeting on April 28, at 3:30. We will have Dolores Huerta, President and community organizer as our honored guest speak. What a perfect way to end our last meeting for she is the epitome of the good fight and good trouble. As a result of her union work, she has helped change lives. Si se puede, thanks to Dolores Huerta.
In closing, please join me in honoring our Armenian brothers and sisters, the Armenian community, and the international diaspora who carry the generational trauma of Genocide. We honor April 24 as a day of remembrance.