In a move officials said could save $100,000, the City Council this week voted to outsource all 25 crossing-guard jobs currently being overseen by the Burbank Police Department.
Police Administrator Josephine Wilson assured the council that even though the guards would be overseen and paid via an outside firm, they would maintain their current wages and remain at their assigned crosswalks.
But they will likely lose the health and pension benefits they currently receive as being part of the Burbank City Employees Assn., and crossing guards on Tuesday bemoaned losing the authority of being associated with the Police Department, as well as their badges.
The move would transfer the employment contracts of the city crossing guards to All City Management Services, a firm that also goes by “the crossing guard company.”
The firm cited high liability insurance rates as the main deterrent to offering health care to its employees, prompting the City Council to ask for options on extending city health plans to the crossing guards for some transitional period.