AUGUST 2018 – NEWSLETTER

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

  AUGUST 2018 E-NEWS

 

HAPPY MONTH OF AUGUST” TO ALL MEMBERS,
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS & RETIREES


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

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


AUGUST 2018 CALENDAR

August 9 –  BWP Stewards’ meeting at 2 pmIndependence Day. BCEA office will be closed.
August 15 – E-Board meeting at 2:00 pm
August 15 – MEMBERSHIP MEETING at 5:30 pm at the Buena Vista Library
August 16 – Parks and Recs Stewards’ meeting at 2:30 pm
August 23 – Public Works Stewards’ meeting at 8:00 am
August 31 – Negotiation Surveys are due at the BCEA office.


Greetings BCEA members,                                                                                                      July 27, 2018We are in the middle of summer enduring days of record heat.  Many of you have taken vacations and some still planning for one.  Most of our children will soon be starting school again as we wind down our summer.

July 15th – 20th, some of our BCEA E-Board members had the privilege to attend the 43rd AFSCME International Convention in Boston.  The historical location and the beginning of the American Revolutionary War.  We were able to connect and attained valuable information with fellow AFSCME members across our great country.  Speakers such as Massachusetts US Senator Elizabeth Warren, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, former workers of the City of Memphis Sanitation Workers Strike when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated, and many other inspiring speakers on our rights to unionize.

The BCEA has mailed out envelopes for our next membership meeting on Wednesday, August 15th at 5:30 pm at the Buena Vista Library. Please plan and expect to attend this important meeting.   Also, within the envelope will be a negotiation survey.  Please take time to comment and return by mail, at the membership meeting or drop off at the union office by Friday, August 31st in the self-addressed and stamped envelope that is provided.  It’s important that you take the opportunity for your voice to be heard by responding.  We will start negotiation with the city this month, which they have delayed.  Many of our members from their departments have already prepared salary survey comparisons since the beginning of the year as I have asked.  It is much appreciated since you are the most knowledgeable in your departments and titles.

The BCEA has endured how the city has managed the budget which has affected salary and morale of its employees and members.  In May of this year, the city passed a budget that did not include pay increases.  The city voters have passed Measure T in June for the transfer of utility funds to the general fund.  Also, the city council is expected to approve a measure of a ¾% sales tax increase this November to be placed on the ballot before the voters.  If approved, we do expect the city to negotiate in good faith.  We will expect nothing less. The BCEA is endorsing the measure.

The BCEA, along with all state, municipal and city employee unions across the nation has dealt with the loss of our Fee Payers as the result of the US Supreme Court ruling of Janus vs AFSCME in June.  They are no longer paid represented employees with the BCEA in the City of Burbank.  We will continue to represent our members to the fullest in all matters of negotiations and representation.  The BCEAisa investment to you and your families that have been incorporated since 1940 with the City of Burbank.  Like all insurance and services, it will work for you and provide services the BCEA has negotiated through the years.  To protect your interest by remaining a member.  We encourage you for others to join the BCEA family.

I want to encourage all of our member who has endured difficult financial times at your homes and families.  You have been faithful in serving this city and its residents for many years and decades.  We do need to be acknowledged and rewarded of our services by salary increases and benefits.
Please be safe and looking forward to most of you attending our membership meeting.

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

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

SECTION F WELLNESS PROGRAM 
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 the 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. 

Horoscope!!
Leo

July 23 – August 22

Hang tight, Leo. This month’s starscape is a bit topsy-turvy—for you more than most other signs. Not only are there two game-changing eclipses shaking up the status quo in your closest relationships, but communication planet Mercury will turn retrograde in YOUR sign from July 26 to August 19. Whew! With Mars, Saturn, Neptune AND Pluto also in slowed-down retrograde for the whole month, you could feel misunderstood on a regular basis. You might spend a lot of time this month mending fences, clearing the air and fixing any subpar work that you rushed through.
But pace yourself! As you put out all those fires, make sure that YOU don’t burn out in the process! Until July 22, the Sun is in Cancer and your sleepy twelfth house of rest, closure and transitions. This is your annual rest period, a time when your batteries are in low-power mode. The weary Sun is completing its journey through the zodiac in preparation for your birthday and a solar-calendar reset. Catch up on sleep and self-nurturing, and tune in to your creativity during this intuitive time—and prepare for some vivid dreams as the Sun travels through your subconscious sector! Clear the decks of loose ends before Leo season kicks in. You’ll want to be refreshed for all those epic birthday celebrations!

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Virgo

August 23 – September 22

Make the rounds, Virgo! For the first three weeks of July, you’re in social butterfly mode. Dress up and see friends, go to parties and catch up with your social circles. The Sun is in Cancer and your outgoing eleventh house until July 22, heating up teamwork and technology. Connect with like-minded people, both virtually and in person, and combine your superpowers FTW. Get a digital project underway or spruce up your online presence.
The energy runs high this month because we’ve entered eclipse season again. Two of this summer’s three eclipses arrive on July 12 and 27, bringing boldfaced changes and turning points. Eclipses sweep in four to six times a year and remove anything that’s past its expiration date, flinging open the doors for a fresh start.

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August Observances & Fun Facts

August 2018 is Observed as

  • National Immunization Awareness Month

August Birthstone

birthstone
Peridot

Fruit & Veggies for the Month of August

fruit
  • Peaches
  • Cactus Pear
  • Eggplant
  • Prickly Pear
  • Nopales Cactus
  • Okra
  • Celery
  • Fennel

August Flower

flower
Poppy & Gladiolus

August Astrological Sign

Leo (till 22nd) & Virgo (23rd→)

Proclamations and Notable AugustObservances

  • Aug 4: National Mustard Day
  • Aug 26: Women’s Equality Day