April 2018 E-News

Burbank City Employees Association
AFSCME Local – 3143



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


APRIL Calendar

April 01 – Easter Sunday – April Fools’ Day
April 07 – Clippers’ Game 
April 18 – E-Board meeting – Wellness forms are due for reimbursement
April 25 –  Administrative Professionals Day
April 26 – Membership Appreciation Luncheon at the Buena Vista Library, from 10:00 am until 2:30 pm.

Greetings to all BCEA Members!

We are already into spring. Many will be celebrating extended daylight, Spring Break, Passover, Easter, Resurrection Sunday, and many other events we look forward to.  Many of our children are in their final months of school studies or waiting to graduate either from High school or college, and others are already planning for their summer vacations.

It’s important to inform our members that our union is hard at work and encourage ALL union members to get involved with this union and promote others to become full-time members with important issues that are before us.

Some of our members are sending numbers for salary surveys from various departments of the City to the BCEA office.  We are in a negotiation year of our union contract.  The City of Burbank has three initiatives on the mail-in ballot only for Tuesday, June 5, 2018, which this union is endorsing.  So please get the word out to those who live in Burbank and mail in the VOTE!

There is a case that was argued before the US Supreme Court in January of this year that will affect every union member across the nation, Janus vs AFSCME.  It is very important for everyone to read and be informed what it is all about.  The union is prepared for direction after its court’s decision and outcome.

April 4, 2018, is the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death.  He was assassinated in the city of Memphis Tennessee to support sanitation workers from AFSCME Local 1733 for un-equal pay, labor conditions and after the death of two black city workers in their faulty trash truck.  Our unions have been in the forefront and the fabric of safety for the past 100 years.  Support your local union, your future depends on it.

Please enjoy your time with your co-workers, friends, family and fight the good fight of faith.

In Solidarity,

Alex L. Reyes
BCEA President

The BCEA office is open Monday through Friday, from 8 am till 5 pm. The office is closed from 12:00 – 1:00 pm for lunch.The members are always welcome to stop by if :

  • They have a question
  • 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
  • Dr. Jason Pimentel – Chiropractor
  • Burbank City Federal Credit Union
  • Aflac
  • Dignity Memorial
  • Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
  • Car rental discounts from AVIS and Budget
  • Offers from Union Plus

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. 

March 21 – April 19 

No rest for the weary? March comes in like a lion and doesn’t stop roaring… even when you want to retreat to your den. Just like in January, there are a rare TWO full moons this month, which fall on the first and last day. Your ruler, activator Mars, is in Sagittarius until March 17, igniting your ninth house of grand possibilities and expansion. So much to see, so little time! Opportunities to travel, launch an indie business and try new things will pop up everywhere.

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April 20 – May 20

Lights, camera, action! March begins with a full moon in Virgo and your dramatic fifth house. In like a lion, indeed! This showstopper kicks off an action-packed month. There’s a rare PAIR of full moons (on March 1 and 31). Just like in January, they fall on the first and last days of the month, bookending March with exclamation points. And two planets—Mercury and Jupiter—will turn retrograde. It’s a time to reflect, integrate and process while also making the major moves prompted by the full moons.

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April 1 – 

Easter History

Easter commemorates Jesus’ resurrection three days after his crucifixion and death. Following his death, he was removed from the cross and hastily buried in a tomb. On Sunday, it was discovered that Jesus’ tomb was empty and angels informed onlookers that Jesus had risen. Throughout the next 40 days, Jesus appears to his apostles and disciples before finally ascending to heaven. Easter is the highest and holiest of holidays in the Christian faith. Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox, usually occurring between March 22 and April 25.

April Fool’s Day History

April Fools’ Day is a light-hearted comedic day of cheer, practical jokes and hoaxes.
April Fools’ Day has been observed for centuries although its origins remain unclear.  It has been suggested that in ancient Roman and Hindu cultures, the day originally marked ‘New Year’s Day’.  Although in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII issued the Gregorian calendar which moved New Year’s Day from April 1st to January 1st.  It is believed that those who continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1st were referred to as fools, leading to the concept of April 1strepresenting All Fools’ Day.  It has also been suggested that April Fools’ Day is related to the vernal equinox, the beginning of spring when Mother Nature plays sudden weather tricks on people.
The custom of April Fools’ was brought from Britain to the US centuries ago. Both kids and adults in North America and many European countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Poland, Finland, Iceland, and North American countries have developed traditional customs to celebrate the day.  These typically include fooling another person and yelling April fools.

April 6 – 

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace History

The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace celebrates sports and their widespread contribution to education, human development, a healthy lifestyle and world peace. The day also serves to raise awareness for the positive influences of sport on the advancement of human rights, and both social and economic development of nations worldwide by encouraging social inclusion, fair play, and team spirit. In 2008, it was estimated that over 1.53 billion people were not active enough; inactivity is the leading cause of diabetes and heart diseases.
The International Day of Sport for Development and Peace was proclaimed in 2013 by the United Nations. It is celebrated annually on April 6th, a day that was originally used to celebrate physical activity in the world as it coincides with the first day of the first Olympic Games in 1896.

Also –  

National Tartan Day History

National Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage and also marks the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath.  The Declaration of Arbroath is a declaration of Scottish Independence, signed in 1320.  The declaration is in the form of a letter addressed to Pope John XXII and declared Scotland as an independent and sovereign state.  The declaration was written at the Arbroath Abbey by Bernard of Kilwinning, Chancellor of Scotland and Abbot of Arbroath.
National Tartan Day originated in New York City when the mayor, Ed Koch, declared July 1, 1982, as Tartan day, a one-time celebration of the 200th anniversary of repealing the Act ofProscription (August 12, 1747), which had forbidden Scots to wear tartan.  Then in 2004, the National Capital Tartan Day Committee lobbied US House Representatives to designate April 6 as National Tartan Day, a day which was adopted on March 9, 2005.

April 7 –  

World Health Day History

World Health Day seeks to draw attention to a major global health concern each year. The day attempts to increase awareness about the major health concern and the repercussions of this concern while providing countries and organizations with materials and ideas as to how to best handle these global health concerns.
The World Health Organization (WHO) was founded on April 7, 1948, to better address the needs of global health issues. Every year, the WHO Assembly meets in Geneva, Switzerland to choose a major global health concern and promote it through World Health Day in the hopes of increasing awareness and preventing more cases.  This holiday is celebrated annually on April 7.

April 9 – 

Orthodox Easter History

Orthodox Easter commemorates Jesus’ resurrection three days after his crucifixion and death. Following his death, he was removed from the cross and hastily buried in a tomb. On Sunday, it was discovered that Jesus’ tomb was empty and angels informed onlookers that Jesus had risen. Throughout the next 40 days, Jesus appears to his apostles and disciples before finally ascending to heaven. Orthodox Easter is the highest and holiest of holidays in the Christian Orthodox faith. Orthodox Easter follows the Julian calendar and must take place after the Jewish Passover. For these reasons, Orthodox Easter is celebrated on the first Sunday, after the first full moon, following the vernal equinox and always after Jewish Passover.

April 10 – 

National Siblings Day History

National Siblings Day serves to celebrate and recognize the importance of brothers and sisters. The bond and relationship between brothers and sisters is unlike any other as it is usually a person’s longest relationship over his/her lifetime.
National Siblings Day was created by Claudia Evart, a New Yorker who lost both of her siblings. It is celebrated annually on April 10, a day that marks the birthday of Evart’s late sister, in an attempt to strengthen family ties and recognize the special gift of siblings. National Siblings Day has been celebrated since 1998 in 49 of the 50 United States. It is not officially a nationally or internationally recognized holiday but the Siblings Day Foundation is working to change this.

April 12 – 

Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) History

The Holocaust Remembrance Day, (Yom HaShoah, Hebrew: יום השואה), seeks to commemorate the Holocaust, a systematic and state-planned program to murder millions of Jews and other minority groups in Europe. This program of mass killing was run by the German Nazis in the 1930s and 40s during the Second World War, where Jews and minorities were brought into concentration camps and murdered at the hands of Nazi officials.
This observance seeks to remember and honor the victims of the Holocaust,  including six million Jews and thousands of Russians gypsies, homosexuals, disabled persons and other minorities.

April 13 – 

Lailat al Miraj History

Lailatul Miraj (Arabic: الإسراء والمعراج) commemorates Prophet Muhammad’s ascension to heaven. Muslims believe that on this night, an angel came to the Prophet, washed his abdomen with Zamzam water, and filled his heart with wisdom and belief. Then, Muhammad was called by God from Mecca to Jerusalem, where he prayed at the Masjid Al-Aqsa (Jerusalem). From Jerusalem, he ascended to heaven, where he was honored by being allowed to see God directly, visiting the highest levels of heaven, and leading all the past Prophets in prayer, including Joseph, Adam, Abraham, Moses, Aaron, Jesus, and John the Baptist.
To get to his destinations, he rode Al-Buraq, a heavenly animal that was smaller than a mule but bigger than a donkey. He was given the gift of prayer by God. When he returned to Mecca, he accurately described a caravan that was headed to Mecca from Jerusalem to show the Quraish that had actually been there. Although the exact date of LaulatulMiraj is unknown, most believe it fell on 27 Rajab.April 17

 April 17 – 

Tax Day (Taxes Due) History

Tax Day marks the last day to file income taxes in the United States.  The history of US Income Tax dates back to the Civil War and the Revenue Act of 1861.  This tax was imposed to help pay the costs of the war.  After several repeals, new taxes, and subsequent repeals, the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified and went into law in 1913.  This established the right of Congress to impose a Federal Income tax.
The Income Tax remains the primary way that the US Government finances itself. To ensure that all monies due for the prior year are paid, a Tax Day was created. All US taxpayers are required to file taxes based on prior years earnings by this date.  Traditionally this date has been on April 15 of each year.  If this day falls on a weekend, the due date is extended to the following Monday.  This date is also impacted by the Emancipation Day Holiday in Washington DC.
April 22 – 

Earth Day History

Earth Day seeks to highlight and promote efforts dedicated to the protection of the environment.  As we enter the 21st century, we face many environmental crises, including global warming, deforestation, endangered wildlife, shortages of potable water and widespread pollution, all which negatively affect our planet’s resources and can have adverse effects on our long-term lifestyle and health.
In 1970, a US Senator named Gaylord Nelson was inspired to bring about mass public awareness of environmental problems. He heavily promoted the day across the nation in an effort to gather the largest amount of public support possible and ultimately, in the hopes of elevating environmental protection onto the national political agenda. This day in 1970 marked the creation of United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts.   Today, Earth Day is celebrated by billions of people around the world and is observed in over 190 countries. Worldwide, Earth Day celebrations utilize educational programs to inform people of ways that can help protect the environment and its natural resources. It is observed annually on April 22nd and is celebrated as International Earth Day.

April 24 – 

Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day
The Armenian Genocide, also known as the Armenian Holocaust, was the Ottoman government‘s systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians, mostly citizens within the Ottoman Empire and its successor state, the Republic of Turkey. The starting date is conventionally held to be 24 April 1915, the day that Ottoman authorities rounded up, arrested, and deported from Constantinople, (now Istanbul), to the region of Ankara 235 to 270 Armenian intellectuals and community leaders, the majority of whom were eventually murdered. The genocide was carried out during and after