For the past 100 years, the Teachers Association of Long Beach (TALB) has worked to support educators in Long Beach Unified School District. Currently with over 3,700 members, TALB is the exclusive bargaining agent for all certificated employees including classroom teachers, nurses, librarians, speech & language pathologists, coaches, JROTC instructors, specialist teachers, and program facilitators.
As a union, we advocate for protecting members' rights and professional interests with the District. We advocate for improved working conditions because that improves students' learning conditions.
As an Association, we are a place where members can feel empowered and equipped to be effective educators. None of us are alone. We support each other. We cultivate friendships with each other. We grow professionally together.
As a community organization, we support the human dignity and civil rights of all people - children, their families, and educators alike - so that we can secure a more just, equitable, and democratic society. We seek to partner with public education supporters including businesses, individuals, families, community organizations, institutions, civic leaders, and elected officials so that together we can build a society that values education.
Three Associations One Movement
As a TALB member, you are actually automatically a member of three associations covering the local, state, and national level. At every level, together we make an impact on our education profession!
Teachers Association of Long Beach
It all starts with you and your fellow educators in your school district. Your union is the foundation for the state and national associations. And your advocacy on behalf of students and public education build better community schools. Here are a just a few of our successes:
- Negotiated 8% cumulative salary schedule increases over the past 2 years
- Preserved outstanding health benefits
- Helped elect teacher-friendly Megan Kerr to LBUSD School Board
California Teachers Association
A family of nearly 1,000 local associations and affiliates, CTA is the largest and most effective advocacy organization in the state. Since 1863, CTA has been at the forefront of every major positive change to public schools and colleges. In fact, it was CTA that secured funding to make public schools free for all students in 1866, and it was CTA that led the charge to establish community colleges in 1911. More than 150 years since the founding, CTA members are still pioneering innovative ideas for student learning and transforming the profession. Members are leading change through:
- Instructional Leadership Corps - in partnership with Stanford University public teachers statewide are training on improving teaching and other instruction-related practices
- Institute For Teaching - members can receive grants for innovative ideas whether in the classroom or school wide
- Think Tanks - membership volunteers assist in determining grant recipients and charting our course statewide
CTA is there for you too, with:
- conferences and workshops to make sure you get the latest in professional development;
- an exclusive Member Benefits program designed to benefit you, your family, and your profession;
- dedicated staff throughout the state - including attorneys to protect your professional rights and your voice;
- $1 million professional liability coverage and an automatic Accidental Death and Dismemberment plan from CTA and NEA Member Benefits;
- hundreds of discounts on insurances, purchases, travel...and much more.
National Education Association
As a union made up of thousands of locals, 50 state affiliates and nearly 3 million members, the National Education Association makes you a part of the powerful voice of our nation's educators. With headquarters four blocks from the White House, NEA promotes your advocacy agenda before the president, the Congress and the courts. Their dedicated staff of attorneys, organizers, benefits specialists, communicators, and education policy experts are all focused on ensuring that your collective voice is heard, and that your profession, your students and, obviously, you and your colleagues are protected and enhanced so that you can focus on what you do: providing an outstanding public education to every student.