About three dozen Burbank Unified School District employees
represented by the California School Employee Assn. picketed in front
of City Hall before the start of Thursday’s school board meeting,
protesting several proposed layoffs.
The board later voted unanimously to approve a resolution
eliminating the equivalent of 19 full-time classified positions and
reducing the hours of nine other positions. The cuts were part of
nearly $3 million in reductions made to help balance the district’s
2003-04 operating budget.
Cheryl McDonald, a campus supervisor at Burbank High School who
has worked in the district for 10 years, said that if she loses her
job, she has enough tenure to bump another employee with less tenure.
McDonald said she would take a 30% salary cut without benefits.
Valdemar Camacho, who also walked the picket line, has four years
in the district as a maintenance electrician. If the electrical lead
person position is cut, Camacho said the employee doing that job will
use his bumping rights to take Camacho’s job, and he will be out of
“I accept bumping rights, but I believe the district needs highly
qualified electricians,” Camacho said. “I can’t keep up with work
orders to keep the schools in the condition that the residents of
Burbank like to see.”
Dvora Mayer, labor relations representative for the union, said
nine positions were added to the resolution after negotiations
between the association and the district, in violation of the
district’s contract with CSEA.
She added that the resolution does not state when layoffs will
"[Personnel Services Director] Nancy Gascich, at the negotiations
table said, ‘We’ll let you know,’ ” Mayer said.
When the agenda item was discussed during Thursday’s meeting,
Gascich told board members that district counsel advised her that the
district is within its legal right to add names to the resolution.
Layoff dates on the resolution are not necessary, she said.
“The law clearly states that we cannot give less than 30 days from
the date of the letter they receive,” Gascich said.