Burbank’s City Attorneys Association (BCAA) has announced that it is disbanding the employee bargaining group.
Representatives of the BCAA advised the City Manager by letter on July 17, 2014, that their group is disbanding effective immediately and is withdrawing a lawsuit and several complaints with the Public Employees Relations Board (PERB).
BCAA President Terry Stevenson said their members unanimously felt that the decision best served all involved. “Although the Association is proud of the work it has done on behalf of its members, it has become increasingly clear in the last few months that we can no longer effectively represent the interests of our members without potentially damaging our professional relationship with other members of City management and creating disharmony in the City Attorney’s Office. We believe the only way to avoid this is to disband the BCAA,” said Stevenson.
City Manager Mark Scott expressed appreciation that the labor disputes with BCAA will no longer be at issue and thanked its membership for looking positively toward the future saying, “In my year with the City, many of my best day-to-day interactions have been with the talented members of the City Attorney’s Office. We all fully appreciated the employees’ right to organize as an employee bargaining group, and we likewise respect this decision to disband.”
The BCAA bargaining unit represented seven Senior Assistant City Attorneys, two Deputy City Attorneys and one Litigation Paralegal. The employees will return to their previous classification as “unrepresented management employees.” As a result, there are now 78 Burbank management employees classified as unrepresented.