On Thursday, unironed teachers rallied before the Burbank Unified School District board meeting in protest over the ongoing contract negotiations.
The tug-of-war between the district and the unioned teachers have dragged on since September 2022. The rally comes nearly a month after LAUSD staff unions staged a 3-day strike, ultimately ending in a contract agreement.
Now, Burbank teachers are demanding change. In the ongoing talks, the district is offering a 5% salary increase. The teachers, on the other hand, are demanding about 9%.
"It's time. We work extremely hard. We stay after till 3 p.m. We work the weekends. We are in it for our kids. But we have to be able to take care of our families, too," said Nicole Drabecki, a teacher from Thursday's rally.
Another round of contract talks between the two sides are set for May 2023.