The nine-month contract dispute between Burbank teachers and the school district will be submitted to a fact-finding panel.
The two sides agreed to that course of action after failing to come to an agreement Thursday during a mediation session. State Mediator Doug Thompson told the two sides that he would submit the fact-finding request to the state Public Employment Relations Board next week for formal certification.
The fact-finding process, which calls for representatives from the teachers and the district to submit their positions to a three-member panel, is expected to take two months, officials said. Although the panel will make a recommendation to the two sides based on its findings, the recommendation is not binding.
At issue are salary increases for the final year of a three-year contract.
The Burbank Teachers Assn. has been seeking an across-the-board salary raise of 5.5%, plus a one-time bonus of 3.5% of teachers' annual salaries. The bonus would be paid out of the district's share of California Lottery money. The district has offered an across-the-board salary increase of 3% and a one-time bonus payment of 3.5%.