JUNE 2018 E-NEWS


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June 5 –  Election Day – Please Vote “YES” on measures T, V, and Y http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/

June 12 – Absolute last day to drop off Wellness reimbursement forms and receipts.

June 13 – The E-Board will be approving the wellness forms.

June 14 – BWP Stewards meeting at 2 pm

June 15 – Wellness forms will be submitted to the Benefits Department

June 15 – Dodgers’ Night – La Dodgers vs Giants at 7 pm at the Dodgers Stadium

June 17 – Father’s Day

June 20 – E-Board meeting from 2 pm till 5 pm.

June 21 – Parks & Rec. Stewards meeting at 2:30 pm

June 28 – Public Works Stewards meeting at 8 am.

Greetings my fellow BCEA Members,

Summer is only a few weeks away with many plans in the upcoming months with our families and friends.  Your union has kept up with the events that are taking place in the City of Burbank and nationwide.   Along with our planning, 2018 has become a challenging year for all BCEA members, and to many, with uncertainty for whom we have dedicated ourselves to the city.

The City of Burbank whom we provide services to our residents have been seriously dealing with budget concerns.  This is nothing new and should be of no surprise.  This has been in the making for over 15 years.  The BCEA has always suffered the brunt of administration’s decisions concerning budgets and with labor resources.  City council also placed a hiring freeze that has affected all of us and will be an issue into the year to come.  BCEA members have always picked up the slack when lack of resources and compensations have taken place.  We have met with these concerns to the other city’s four bargaining groups in police, fire, IBEW, and BMA.  We are in the year of negotiations in our BCEA contract.  Most of our positions have been under market in salary in the last two contracts and they have been addressed.  City’s budget that was approved in May has the language to bring us all to market in the future if measures pass in June and November.  In these unpleasant times, we have no choice, but to ride out this storm while the city is trying to boost revenue.  We have met with Management Services, City Manager and with some of the City Council members concerning services we provide, future contract and the direction of the city with labor.

It is important to get the word out on voting YES on Measure T on Tuesday, June 5th Burbank Election.  It will transfer 12.5 million dollars from the BWP to the general fund annually without any fee increases.  It’s been a practice since 1958 to assist funding projects, infrastructure and keeping to provide services to our residents in Burbank.  The passing of Measure T in June and a future proposed sales tax for November is imperative to improve our services to the city and its residents.  If measures don’t pass, expect cuts in services to our residents.  It is the city manager’s intent to preserve present employees and avoid layoffs.

Another great concern that is taking place in June is the outcome of Janus vs AFSCME ruling from the US Supreme Court.  The BCEA and all municipal unions across the country are waiting for its decision.  It may drastically change how city employees will be represented and how they are negotiated, including job protection and security.  If you know someone who is not a full member, please encourage them to join.  In the climate that we are presently in with the City of Burbank.  It’s emphatically important for all city employees to be under the protection of your union.  The BCEA will have a membership meeting in the near future concerning Janis vs AFSCME and the 2018 BCEA Negotiation Survey forms to be mailed out with the announcement of our next membership meeting.

The BCEA is only strong as our members’ commitment.  There is strength in numbers and it is important for all individuals to take ownership of their position with the city.  The City of Burbank only recognizes our titles through the BCEA collective bargaining.   Keep your rights that the BCEA has been committed since 1940.
Feel free to call Armineh, our Executive Assitant, at the BCEA office and she will set up an appointment or you can email your issues to info@bcea3143.org.

At this time, I want to acknowledge all fathers and wish you a “HAPPY FATHER’S DAY”!  Many of us will reminisce about our fathers in our upbringing.  And many who grew up without fathers, you still have an opportunity to be a father figure to your children and others.  It is a privilege and a heavy responsibility in leading a family, please take the lead in your children.  It will pay off later in their lives after we are not around.  Many shortcomings may come in life, many may not be in a position to provide some needs to our families. Let’s look for support with your family, friends, and your faith in God.  Always invest in your children, they will be our legacy.


Alex L. Reyes
BCEA President

The BCEA office is open Mondays through Fridays, from 8 am to 5 pm. The office is closed from 12:00  to 1:00 pm for lunch.The members are always welcome to stop by if they want to:

  • Meet with the president (please call to make an appointment)
  • Buy discounted tickets
  • Fax a document or make copies.
  • Have a document notarized (please call to make an appointment)
  • Or simply take a break
There are brochures and flyers from various vendors who have discounted offers for our members
  • Abri Dental
  • Aflac
  • Burbank City Federal Credit Union
  • Car rental discounts from AVIS and Budget
  • Dignity Memorial
  • Dr. Jason Pimentel – Chiropractor
  • Howser Law
  • Offers from Union Plus
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway


Employees of the City of Burbank who reached their 10th anniversary with the City are eligible to enroll in the Wellness Program. You can print the form directly from the BCEA website,  https://www.bcea3143.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/BCEA-Wellness-Program-Reimbursement-Request.png, or get one from the Benefits Department located in the Administrative Services Building.

The due date to submit your receipts for the reimbursement, for the 2017/2018 fiscal year, is June 12.

You may always submit your receipts throughout the year to be reimbursed and don’t have to wait until the last minute.

The following has been copied from 2015-2018 MOU

The City and the BCEA agree that a Wellness Program is a worthwhile goal. The City shall contribute up to Two Hundred Twenty-Five Dollars ($225) reimbursement annually to each full-time employee with ten (10) or more years of service, for participation in a Wellness Program – a supervised health-promoting activity as screened and approved by BCEA. Health promoting activity includes qualified sports clubs (including two-year contracts) lessons, fitness-enhancing physical activities, body scans, and home exercise equipment (not applicable to golf equipment), but shall not mean in any case the purchase of personal property such as athletic clothing or shoes (roller blades are OK). Exercise videos, except golf videos, will also be eligible for reimbursement. Part-time employees receive up to $112.50 reimbursement annually and are defined for purposes of this section as those employees working between 20 and 39 hours a week. Purchases above the limit may be carried over into subsequent years.

  1. Comprehensive physical not reimbursed by personal medical coverage and other non-covered or non-reimbursable medical costs for the employee.
  2. Additional activities as approved by City Manager.
Also, please note the following do’s and don’ts when submitting your receipts. 
  1. The credit card receipt should have the employee’s name on it.
  2. Gift cards or gift certificates are not eligible for reimbursement.
  3. The receipts should be legible or they won’t be accepted.
  4. The receipts dated from July 1st, 2017 until now will be accepted.
  5. Paid warranties on an item are not eligible.

Please call the BCEA office for information about how to submit your Wellness receipts. Also to see if you have any carryover balance from last fiscal year. 

The following is the minutes from the March 7, Membership meeting. 



May 21 – June 20 

“Going inward” isn’t usually the direction that Gemini energy flows—at least not for long stretches of time. Your sign has a million different interests and curiosities, so you typically aim for breadth instead of depth. Why get lost in the weeds at the bottom of the ocean when you could be swimming in sunlight shafts with dolphins and mermaids?
But this May—and beyond—there’s a rich landscape to explore in those esoteric and imaginative realms. For the first time since 1942, high-minded Uranus will plunge into Taurus and your spiritual, subconscious twelfth house, awakening a sense of adventure in the deepest regions of your being. Uranus is here from May 15 until November 6, then it will retrograde back into Aries until March 2019 before returning for a lengthy stay in Taurus that lasts through 2026. Over the next eight years, your creativity could soar to new heights, along with your intuition. Even the most logical Geminis may have undeniable experiences that feel fated or karmic. You might work with a therapist, energy healer or shaman to dismantle blocks and discover new dimensions of yourself.

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June 21 – July 22

Your popularity is on the rise! May’s stars have “influencer” written all over them, as key planets gather in Taurus and your eleventh house of teamwork, social causes, and technology. The Sun is here until May 20, drawing you out of your shell and inspiring you to mingle with new people or join forces around a cause you care deeply about.
But the headline news arrives on May 15, which marks not just the Taurus new moon but the arrival of revolutionary Uranus in Taurus for the first time since 1942! Community-mindedness and collaboration become your new M.O. as the zodiac’s only side-spinning planet visits this outgoing sector until 2026. Uranus is the social-justice warrior of the cosmos, and as he blazes a #woke trail through your change-driven eleventh house, you could become an outspoken leader in your tribe. Some Crabs may be drawn to politics and activism; others will join a trailblazing group, perhaps one with cutting-edge beliefs or that follows an unconventional lifestyle.

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June 1 – 

National Doughnut Day History

National Doughnut Day is a day of appreciation of Salvation Army volunteers who distributed doughnuts to servicemen during World War I. Doughnuts are fried circular pieces of dough that are usually topped with sugar syrups, chocolate, nuts and other flavorings.
National Doughnut Day began in 1938 as a fundraiser for Chicago’s Salvation Army.  The fundraiser aimed to support the needy and honor the Salvation Army volunteers who donated their time during World War I to hand out doughnuts to the soldiers.  When the US entered the war in 1917, Salvation Army huts were formed where many female volunteers were deployed to mother the soldiers.  During this time, women began to make doughnuts for the servicemen who began to refer to the women as, Doughnut Dollies. This national holiday is celebrated each year on the first Friday in June.

June 8 – 

National Bestfriend Day History

National Best Friend Day seeks to celebrate best friends and the contribution that best friends make in our daily lives. A best friend is a friend that you consider closest to you. It is a person that you can always rely on, someone genuine, trustworthy and who accepts you for who you are.
National Best Friend Day is an unofficial holiday that is celebrated annually on the 8th of June.

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light. – Helen Keller, famous deaf and blind author, political activist, and lecturer.

June 14 – 
Flag Day History

National Flag Day is when Americans celebrate the meaning of their nation’s flag, honor the traditions associated with its care, and educate those around them to its significance. The Flag of the United States is to be honored and carries with it both history and tradition.  On June 14, 1777, the Flag Resolution was signed, making the current stars and stripes the National Flag of the United States of America. On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson called for the nation-wide observance of Flag Day. In 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed congress decree, making June 14th of each year, National Flag Day.

Flag Day Facts & Quotes

  • Elizabeth “Betsy” Ross is often credited with having created the first American flag, but, according to history.com, there’s no official evidence of this.
  • On August 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed a congressional order making June 14th of each year on National Flag Day.
  • Worn out flags may be given to the American Legion or Boy/Girl Scouts of America where they will burn the flags in a formal ceremony on June 14th.
  • The Flag should never touch the ground when being taken down.  It should be folded neatly and stored ceremoniously.
  • You should fly the American Flag only between sunrise and sunset.  If left hanging around the clock, it must be illuminated during the dark hours.
  • The First Flag Act was signed by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777…   Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.

June 17 –  

Father’s Day History

Father’s Day is the day to recognize, honor and celebrate the sacrifices and accomplishments of fathers. In 1910, the Washington State Governor declared Father’s Day on the 19th of July.  It then became a permanent federal holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon proclaimed that the third Sunday in June would be further known as Father’s Day. On this day, children celebrate their fathers and father figures to show their love and appreciation.

Father’s Day Facts & Quotes

  • In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day.  It became a permanent holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon proclaimed that the third Sunday in June would remain Father’s Day.
  • Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd first came up with the idea for Father’s Day after hearing a Mother’s Day sermon in church.  She was raised by her father and wanted to honor him.
  • In 2014, 4% of all U.S. children lived only with their fathers.
  • It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father. – Pope John XXIII
  • When one has not had a good father, one must create one. – Frederich Wilhelm Nietzsche

June 21 –  

Summer Solstice History

The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere.  On this day, the North Pole is tilted towards the Sun at the highest degree of angle. Places in the Northern Hemisphere experience the longest hours of sunlight throughout the year on this day. The history of the Summer Solstice is rooted in both ancient mysticism and nature. This day takes place somewhere around June 20th or 21st each year.

Summer Solstice Facts

  • The summer solstice in one hemisphere is the winter solstice in the other hemisphere.
  • On the Summer Solstice, the North Pole receives 24 hours of daylight, and the South Pole receives 24 hours of darkness.
  • Solstice comes from the Latin words for “Sun” and “to stop.”
  • Many Native American tribes celebrated the Summer Solstice by holding “sun dances”.
  • On the summer solstice, the Earth’s axis is tilted the most, up to 26°.