Member Update 5-5-22

Dear members:

Thank you for your patience and for your support and advocacy. Our negotiations team met with BUSD over 9 sessions and over 90 hours and as a result, we have a 5% raise and a 1% added to our Health and Welfare Benefits Cap. We were able to get some clarifying language in Art. 9, and some new language in Art. 11. Furthermore, we were able to get the first SPED article in the history of BTA and BUSD. I know it is frustrating that we do not always get what is needed or deserved. Every member has reason, at times, to feel like we should be getting more; however, this is where many do not understand that the role of a public school educator is one that entails a continuous fight especially now while public education is under viscous attack from those who have found ways to insidiously bring division, so they can find the ways to privatize it.

There is power in our numbers and in our unity. When we attend public BOE meetings even after a long day, our voices matter because the BOE and Supt. must be held accountable for the roles they play. In closing, I want to thank our negotiations team who deserves more than this recognition. I welcome you to bring your concerns and ideas to the next Rep. Council in August. We need your involvement and ideas in helping our Organizing Committee plan the activities needed as the entire contract is open.

Ratification of our agreement will be voted online on May 11 to May 13. Please check your personal emails. I am including Articles 7,8,9,11, and 31 and the summaries that explain the language. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns.

In unity,

Diana

Summaries of Tentative Agreements

Article 7:Wages

Article 8:Benefits

Article 9:Hours

Article 11:Class Size

Article 31: Special Education

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

MISSION

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.

VALUES

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.

VISION

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 2021-2022 school year, Burbank Teachers Association represents over 750 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, two  At-Large Directors, 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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