Burbank teachers took to city streets Thursday to demand that school district officials return to the bargaining table to finalize the terms of a new contract.
Burbank Unified and the Burbank Teachers Assn. have been locked in negotiations for months, trying to work out a successor agreement to the one that expired in June 2010.
The parties hit an impasse last month, and state-supervised mediation is scheduled for Friday.
Among the points of contention are unpaid furlough days — union representatives said they will accept conditional furlough days that would be implemented only if forthcoming state revenue figures trigger mid-year cuts to education.
District leadership said they want at least some furlough days in place regardless of the fluctuating state budget, and that they can be eliminated if the economic climate improves.
Teachers are also pushing for conditional language when it comes to class sizes, which they want to revert back to 30.5 students to one teacher, while the district is seeking to hold the ratio at its current level of 31 students to one teacher.