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 5-18-21
BTA and BUSD have reached an agreement regarding a compensation piece for our members. Tentative Agreement – Compensation
All members will receive $2,000 as a one time stipend. All members will also receive an additional $500 that is meant to compensate for the increase in the health benefit cap. This means everyone gets $2,500 even if they did not experience an increase in their health benefits cap. The check will be sent out by the end of June 2021.
Our original proposal was to compensate people for their increase in health benefits this year. The District looked at the increase in the cap and averaged the increase across all members who experienced higher healthcare costs. The average was $239.00. Although some members are not at the average, the District proposed $500 for all. Since Salaries and Health/Welfare benefits are automatic reopeners, we made sure to include Health/Welfare benefits in our agreement to pursue the raising of the CAP to become more competitive with nearby school districts. We also made it clear that we cannot continue to stay where we are with salaries if we want to retain and recruit quality educators.
Thank you for your continuous support and advocacy.