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

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Act Revisions and Emergency Paid Sick Leave



Given the circumstances with the increase in Covid-19 cases in Los Angeles County, BTA’s Executive Board has made the unanimous decision to advocate that we start the school year with 100% distance learning.

While we understand that in person education is far superior to the distance learning model, the safety of our children, families, and BTA members is paramount.  We know members have many questions about distance learning.  We’ve been working with the District as we reach agreement. We hope to be able to implement the hybrid model of instruction when BTA and the District deem it safe to return to campuses. The safe return to in class instruction will be negotiated.  BTA plans to create a phase one MOU for distance learning and a phase two MOU for hybrid learning.

Thank you for your patience and continued support as we navigate this difficult situation. Keep reading News From the Table for updates on tentative agreements BTA reaches with the District.



Dear members:

Again, thank you for your flexibility and patience during this time. The challenges continue as we work quickly to put a MOU in place that will be brought to a member secret ballot online electronic vote before school starts. All that has been discussed to date is tentative. Please make sure that you are receiving our BTA communiques through your personal emails. We have had many people not open their personal emails and we have had some discover that their email is not current. Here are some clarifications since our last communication.

  • ILA is a separate program that has a distinct learning model. To enroll, students have to meet the criteria and follow the selection process. The number of the students in the program will be capped.
  • The Negotiations team will meet in person with the District’s team on Tuesday, July 14 at 9:00. SPED schedules and concerns, Evaluation Procedures, criteria for teachers for distance teaching, as well as health and safety protocols and procedures are still to be discussed and negotiated.
  • SB98 pdf is the 243 page document that guides Local Education Agencies, (LEA) Please take a moment to read why the Governor signed it into law.
  • Members should receive a letter in the US mail this week that explains the process of secret ballot online voting of the ratification of the 3-year contract. Voting will take place July 27 at 9:00 a.m. and close on July 29 at 11:00 p.m. Paper ballots on request will be due on July 29 by 5:00 p.m.
  • On Thursday, July 16, 2020 the BOE is going to vote on a resolution on Schools and Communities First. This will be on the November 2020 ballot as Prop. 15 and since Measure I did not pass, the passing of this proposition is a must; it a wrong that is long overdue to be righted. It will reclaim
  • $12 billion per year for K-12 schools, community college, and local communities
  • Close commercial property tax loopholes that corporations and wealthy investors use to avoid paying their fair share of property taxes
  • Protect all homeowners and renters by maintaining tax protections for all residential property
  • Ensure strict accountability so that money goes directly to our school and our communities

I once again encourage all to be prepared for being able to distance teach from home.  The Print Center is open and ready for those who want to put assignments or units or any other curriculum in packets. Thank you again for working together as we nimbly find ways to be safe and stay safe.

In unity,

BTA President

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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