A union that represents about 500 Burbank Unified School District
employees claims the district is guilty of unfair labor practices,
violating its agreement with the union.
The California School Employees Assn. alleges in a July 7 letter
to Supt. Gregory Bowman that the district allowed nonunion employees
to perform custodial overtime work, and that after the district’s
warehouse worker was laid off, the warehouse supervisor and a
carpenter began doing the former worker’s job.
“Because [the district] didn’t offer [overtime] to our custodial
staff first, they would have to pay eight hours of overtime to every
eligible custodian,” said Dvora Mayer, the union’s labor relations
Mayer is also alleging that a district grounds supervisor and
grounds technicians are doing the work of a utility driver who was
laid off last year, and that the duties of a swim pool custodian at
John Burroughs High School have been assigned to the school’s
Mayer said the union plans to file a grievance over overtime that
is owed to the custodial staff. Mayer has filed the grievance with
Nancy Gascich, the district’s director of personnel services, who
Mayer said has until July 17 to respond.
“If she denies my grievance, then I’ll take it to the
superintendent,” Mayer said. “If he denies it, then I take it to
If an arbitrator were to hear the grievance and rule for the
union, then the district would have to pay the overtime, Mayer said.
Gascich, reached Tuesday, said she intends to meet with Tom Lopez,
the district’s director of maintenance and operations, to determine
what type of work was done at the high school.
“I am going to investigate the situation,” Gascich said. “I don’t
know any of the reality of it at this point.”
Lopez refused to comment on the allegations, saying that any
response would have to come from Gascich.
District employees who are union members plan to picket outside
City Hall before the July 17 school board meeting.
The district, Mayer said, has now been targeted by the union’s
state association, which plans to have representatives at the board
“This district is doing things that they shouldn’t do,” she added.
At the meeting, Mayer said more layoffs of maintenance and grounds
people are proposed, but she added that no date is specified for such
Mayer said that the district will be able to lay off the employees
any time during the year with a 30-day notice if board members