December 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

  December 2018 E-News



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


December 2018 Calendar

December 3 – Deadline to mail the ballots for the Recording Secretary position 
December 4 – E-Board meeting from 10 am till 12 pm
December 5 – The Election Committee will count the ballots for the Recording Secretary position
December 6 – Annual membership meeting / Holiday Party at Elk’s Lodge at 5:30 pm.
December 13 – BWP Stewards’ meeting at 2 pm.
December 20 – Parks & Recs Stewards’ meeting at 2:30 pm.
December 24 & 25 – Christmas Holiday – BCEA office will be closed.
December 27 – Public Works’ Stewards’ meeting at 8 am.
December 31 – New Year’s eve – BCEA office will be closed.

Dear BCEA Members,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.  I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank those BCEA members who had to work on Thanksgiving Day, away from their families to provide immediate assistant to our community.

The Holidays are upon us and most of us will be celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa during this season. One of the wonderful feelings during the holidays is remembering those who are struggling with everyday life. Our attitude of giving and helping those in need is a big part of the season.

Unfortunately, in November California has experienced a few tragedies. The Thousand Oaks mass shooting and the deadly wildfires that claimed several lives and destroyed hundreds of houses were devastating news. We keep those who have lost their loved ones and homes in our prayers.  We are grateful and thank all the firefighters, first responders, and police officers for their fearless efforts to serve and protect.

Our Union this year has donated to many organizations, such as to the homeless, military, and needy families within our community.  I would like to thank all those who offered and gave their time to bring a smile and joy to the lives of others in need!

Negotiations with the City continue and progress is being made.  The City Council has lifted the hiring freeze.  It will take 6 to 12 months to fill the backlog of positions per the city.  Positions that become available will be posted on the city’s website.

 REMINDER: Thursday, December 6th at 5:30 pm, the BCEA’s Annual Membership Meeting, and Holiday Party will take place at the Elk’s Lodge in Burbank. All BCEA dues-paying members, associate members, retirees are invited only.  Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any last-minute sign-ups at the Holiday party. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there.  Please bring an unwrapped gift to be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles valued at $10 or more and receive a ticket to an opportunity drawing, one ticket per member.

There were many challenges that our Union faced this year, to name a few Janus vs AFSCME, Measure T, hiring freeze, negotiations and Measure P.   I want to thank our BCEA Executive-Board, Trustees, Executive Assistant, Bookkeeper, Union agent, attorney and our members that have assisted and contributed their time this past year in making OUR union better.

Let’s make our union a strong one by standing by each other and with the city, our colleagues and community.

Have a happy and safe Holidays.

Alex L. Reyes

BCEA President



On Wednesday, December 5th, the Election Committee will get together at the BCEA office, 2nd-floor conference room, and count the ballots for the Recording Secretary position. The Election Report will be read at the Holiday party on Thursday, December 6th.

If you have not received your ballot in the mail, lost it or destroyed it, please contact the BCEA office at (818)84-8650.

Thank you!


December 2

Advent Begins History

Advent is a four-week period that marks the beginning of the Christmas season.  It is a time of spiritual preparation before the celebration of the birth of Christ.  In the Roman Catholic tradition, it is also a time of penitence.  The period of Advent involves reflection about what it meant for the world before Christ came and preparing the church and hearts for the true meaning of Christmas.

December 2

Hanukkah Begins

Hanukkah (Hebrew: חנוכה) is an eight-day Jewish festival, also known as the festival of lights. On each day a Menorah (an eight-branched candelabra) is lit with an ascending number of candles to match the day.  The reason for Hanukkah is based on the story of the Maccabees battle with the Greeks.  It is told that one pure bottle of olive oil lasted for eight days in the Holy Temple.  It should have lasted only for the first day.

December 7

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day History

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day seeks to honor the victims of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, an American Naval Station.  The attack is often cited as the catalyst for American involvement in the Second World War, given that President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared war on Japan the following day.

At 8 am on December 7th, 1941, without prior warning, the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service attacked a Naval Station at Pearl Harbor, located on Oahu, Hawaii.  The base was attacked by 353 Japanese fighter planes. In total, 2,403 people perished, another 1,178 were injured, four U.S. Navy battleships were sunk and 188 air crafts were destroyed.  The aim of the attack was to immobilize the U.S. Pacific Fleet, which would allow Japan to advance into Malaya and Dutch East Indies.  On August 23, 1994, the United States Congress passed Public Law 103-308 to designate December 7 of each year as the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

December 25

Christmas History

Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ.  For modern Christians, it also starts a 12-day Christmas season that begins on December 25th and ends on January 5th.  Churches celebrate Christmas with services on Christmas Eve and often midnight masses.

While the holiday is religious in origin, many cultures, even those without Christian ideologies, celebrate this holiday.  This celebration often centers around Santa Claus, a mythical figure dressed in a red suit, based on Saint Nicholas.  Tradition has it that on Christmas morning, Santa brings gifts to children who have been good and coal for those who have been naughty.

December 26

Kwanzaa History

Kwanzaa is an African-American and Pan-African celebration of family, community, and culture. Kwanzaa, a week-long cultural festival from the 26th of December to the 1st of January that climaxes in feasts and gift giving, was initially established to unite African-Americans with their African roots and heritage.  Nguzo Saba, the seven principles that guide the holiday, is central to Kwanzaa as a different principle is emphasized every day during the celebration. Celebrants often dress in traditional Pan-African clothing and decorate their homes in African artwork.

Kwanzaa was created in 1965 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a major figure in the Black Power movement, with the intention of providing African Americans with a link to their ancestral heritage. Karenga aimed to bring together African-Americans as a community through the combination of various aspects of other celebrations such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and African Yam Festivals. Since Kwanzaa is a cultural holiday, not a religious one; it can be celebrated by Africans from all religious backgrounds.


November 22 – December 21

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December 22 – January 19
Early hibernation, anyone? You’re definitely gonna be late to the resolutions party this month…and it’s a refreshing change, Capricorn. Not only is the Sun in Sagittarius and your restful, dreamy twelfth house until December 21, but expansive Jupiter is there from November 2018 to December 2019, a 13-month visit that only happens every 12 years. The magic for you now is in the “not doing”—so go on and explore the negative space or see where the universe takes you when you don’t try to plan and control everything.
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