As many as 19 classified workers, including six custodians and two
supervisors, could find themselves out of work if Burbank Unified
School District board members approve a resolution facing them
The layoffs, Supt. Gregory Bowman said, must be made as part of
more than $500,000 in budget cuts to the district’s Facilities
Maintenance and Operations department to help balance the 2003-04
" ... [W]e need to move forward with notification of layoffs
because we have to give 30-day notices,” Bowman said. “It is possible
to be rescinded.”
The positions that could be eliminated include one area custodial
supervisor; one custodial plant supervisor; one carpenter; six
custodians; one electrical lead person; one grounds technician; one
heating, ventilating and air conditioning mechanic; one senior
instructional media specialist; one locksmith; two maintenance
workers; one painter; one senior secretary and one electronics
California School Employees Assn. Labor Relations Representative
Dvora Mayer claims the district is targeting specific people -- union
members -- with the cuts.
“It is ... an attempt to weaken our chapter as a whole,” Mayer
Half of the chapter’s executive board and half of its stewards are
in danger of losing their jobs, she added.
Rex Fraizer, president of the association’s Burbank Chapter 674,
is one of the maintenance workers whose job is targeted, but because
of his seniority -- 18 years in the district -- he said that he has
“I can bump back into a custodial position I previously had, but I
would be taking a 17% salary reduction,” he said.
Mayer said that if the heating, ventilation and air conditioning
mechanic position is cut, there won’t be anyone in maintenance
operations qualified to do air conditioning repairs.
With the layoff of six full-time custodians, Mayer also wondered
who would pick up trash.
“Teachers won’t do it,” she said. “And I know that as a parent, I
don’t want my child going out and picking up trash, which takes away
from learning time.”
Although no date is specified for the proposed layoffs, Mayer
called them “carte blanche” layoffs because the district can do so at
any time with a 30-day notice to the employees.