Burbank City Employees Association
AFSCME Local – 3143
221 West Alameda Ave. Unit 103, Burbank, Ca. 91502
T: (818) 843-8650   |   F: (818) 843-8651
web: www.bcea3143.org
E-mail: info@bcea3143.org

  JULY 2018 E-NEWS



If you are celebrating a birthday this month, we would like to wish you a



July 4 –  Independence Day. BCEA office will be closed. 
July 11– 
E-Board meeting from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm.
July 11- Stewards’ meeting from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm.
July 16 through 20 – AFSCME 43rd International Convention in Boston


July 3, 2018
Dear BCEA Members,

I want to take a moment to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Janus case.  As most of you know, we have been waiting for this decision for some time, with the expectation that the decision would not be favorable to our interests.  While unfavorable, it could have been far more damaging. As of now you still have the right to be represented by the BCEA, the right to collectively bargain, the right to engage in issues that affect your pay, benefits, and working conditions.  We can still advocate for pay and benefit enhancements, fight against the privatization of your jobs, and represent you as just as strongly.  There will be some changes within the BCEA.

If you are a BCEA member, and as long as you remain a member, nothing will change for you.  You are still a full member with rights to the full range of our provided representational services and benefits provided by the BCEA.  

Non-members, that were fair share fee payers, a number of things had changed for them.  Fees will no longer be deducted as of ending payroll period June 30, 2018.  The union is no longer collecting fees for those who have not consented to be a member.  They will still benefit from any raise enhancements we negotiate into the contract; however, they MAY NOT BE eligible for representation for any disciplinary or grievance matter.  We will not spend member’s dues to represent a non-member.  Additionally, it will be a policy to decline a membership application during his or her disciplinary period, as well as persons with a past history of disciplinary actions.  The cost of an arbitration in a disciplinary case or grievance easily reaches $10,000.00 or more.  Furthermore, non-members may not vote on the contract, attend union meetings, nor avail themselves of any union program or benefit not specifically included in the MOU.  Non-members may forfeit rights and benefits in future negotiations.

This case was brought to the courts by those who are attempting to restrict your rights, access to representation and handicap your ability to defeat attempts to rise up against the privatization of your positions.  While this decision is a setback for public employees and their representatives, it is not a defeat.  As Union members, we all have the ability to determine just how much this decision affects us.  If we remain committed together to our belief in having the right to shape the terms and conditions of our employment, the right to a safe work environment, and the right to be protected from unjust and unfair treatment on the job, then we will remain strong.  Unions whose members do not demonstrate the sort of resolve will collapse.  I am confident that our BCEA membership will outlast and endure these changes.

We will steadfastly update you as the full implications of the US Supreme Court’s decision become clearer.  We will continue to actively represent our members to the best of our ability to defend your livelihoods and well-being.

Please enjoy and have a safe Fourth of July.

In Solidarity,

Alex L. Reyes 
BCEA President
AFSCME Local 3143

During the week of July 16 through July 20, 5 members of the BCEA Executive Board will attend AFSMCE 43rd International Convention. Alex Reyes, Norma Brolsma, Griselda Cox, Erik Sartuche and Chris Allen will represent Burbank City Employees Association at the Boston Convention.AFSCME delegates and alternates from across the country will meet at our union’s 43rd International Convention this summer at a crucial time in our history.Since the last convention, AFSCME has succeeded in fending off unprecedented attacks while strengthening our union at the most local level. We’ve reengaged with our coworkers through one-on-one communications to meet working people where they are at. AFSCME Strong has given local leaders the strategies and tools to thrive in any political environment, including right-to-work.But we can’t let up. It’s time to “Rise Up” and take AFSCME Strong to the next level.Members at this year’s convention will have the opportunity to be part of the first graduating class of the AFSCME “Rise Up” Institute. The institute will offer advanced training to give activists the tools they need to successfully build power, advocate for working families, and communicate in 2018 and beyond.“Rise Up” Institute workshops will be offered in areas that include: organizing, political and legislative strategies, representation, communications. There will also be electives on leadership and sector organizing.


A big THANK YOU to those who participated in the Dodgers Night on June 15, 2018. Everyone had a blast and enjoyed a Star Wars theme night with their friends and family members.

Our president, Alex Reyes, and his bubblehead. 
The Aliens? 
The field
The game
The fireworks




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


July 1st is the beginning of the new Fiscal year. 

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/forms/ or get one from the Benefits Department located in the Administrative Services Building.

You may always submit your receipts throughout the year to be reimbursed and don’t have to wait until the last minute. If you think you have a balance from fiscal year 2017/2018 which has been carried over to the new fiscal year, you may request a resubmission through the BCEA office. Please call the office to verify it.

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 should be dated on and after July 1st, 2018.
  5. Paid warranty on an item is 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. 


June 21 – July 22

Take it easy, Crab. The Sun is in savasana for the first three weeks of the month, relaxing in Gemini and your twelfth house of healing and closure. This is your annual “low-power” cycle, a time to nest, rest and release. Before your birthday time and #CancerSeason kick into gear on June 21, clear the decks of anything you don’t want to bring into your next year of life. Resolve resentments, wrap up lingering projects and do some soul-searching.
Don’t be surprised if you’re tired or unfocused—just roll with the right-brained energy for now and don’t force yourself to rally when you feel tapped out. With el Sol in this dreamy space (along with mental Mercury, which is in Gemini until June 12), your subconscious is activated. Dreams could be vivid and prophetic, and your instincts are on point. You’ll absorb people’s energy like a sponge (so watch who you spend your time with). Pay special attention to coincidences, strong gut feelings, and serendipities. That’s the universe guiding you, Cancer!

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July 23 – August 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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July Observances & Fun Facts

July 2018 is Observed as

  • National Parks Month
  • National Picnic Month
  • UV Safety Month
July birthstone rubybirthstone and Onyx

Fruit & Veggies for the Month of July

  • Papaya Mango
  • Nectarine
  • Garlic

July Flower

flowerLarkspur & Water Lily

July Astrological Sign

Cancer (till 22nd) & Leo (23rd→)

Proclamations and Notable July Observances

  • July 29: National Lasagna Day