September 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

  September 2018 E-News



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September 2018 Calendar

September 3 –  Labor Day – BCEA office will be closed
September 5 – E-Board meeting at 2:00 pm
September 11 – Patriot Day
September 12 – Stewards’ meeting at 2:00 pm at BCFCU
September 13 – BWP Stewards’ meeting at 2:00 pm
September 16 – Mexico’s Independence Day
September 20 –  PR Stewards’ meeting at 2:30 pm
September 22 –  Autumn begins
September 26 – Nomination meeting postcards will be mail out.

Greetings to all BCEA members,

This summer has been a busy season for your union in the City of Burbank.  It has been challenging since the Janus vs AFSCME decision that took place on June 27th.  By the reason of the US Supreme Court ruling, 265 names have been removed from the BCEA roll who were only Fee Payers.  To become a BCEA union member, one must consent in writing in joining the union.  The city will no longer assist city employees in joining or dropping out of the union.  All those who either opt in or opt out of the BCEA must contact the union office for instructions.

Since the Janus decision, we have had only two members opted out of the BCEA.  We are glad to state that we have gained 18 members in our ranks since then.  We encourage everyone and others to be a part of your investment, future and the union you own.  All services in life always come with a cost.  Do not allow yourself to stand alone with supervision, mid and upper management in all matters of discipline, changes, and your wages.  All professionals, businesses, CEO’s and politicians all have attorneys, consultants, and advisors that are paid for.  All these services are already in place through your BCEA.  Our present eight members of the BCEA E-Board has 194 years of experience with the City of Burbank from BWP, Public Works, Police Department, and addition to the hundreds of years of your stewards that are knowledgeable in their departments, city’s administrative procedures, department policies, disciplines and relationships with supervision, managers, directors, city manager and city council.  The union will not represent any non-union member in any services, investigations, evaluations, minor disciplines to termination, including arbitration.

We had our BCEA Union Membership Meeting on August 15th at the Buena Vista Library.  Many have come with strong opinions of the financial state of the city, the council’s hiring freeze and no salary increase in this fiscal year’s budget.  We have a right to show our displeasure in how administrators and council of this city have handled its budget and its BCEA employees.  Also, it has been brought to my attention that many of our employees’ highest annual pay has occurred in 2009-2010.  This is unacceptable and will be addressed.  We are to start entering into negotiations in September, which they have delayed.  It’s important to turn in your surveys as the deadline approaches at the end of August.  At this writing, 116 surveys have been turned in.  I will allow until the end of the week of Labor Day to be turned in.  DO NOT ALLOW A FEW TO DECIDE FOR YOU!

If any matter arises from members concerning discipline, classification, out of class and differential pay, change of duties, notices of administrative leave, calls or texts at home concerning city business (unless on call), or personal visits at home from supervision or management.  Bring it to the attention of your steward or contact the BCEA office.  Be aware of ALL your benefits that the city and union have available to you, including retirees.  One retired member came into the BCEA office and I asked if he was collecting his monthly BERMT after he retired from the city four years ago?  He was not aware of the program!  Please verify all your benefits while employed or ready to retire from the city.

In the upcoming City of Burbank’s November 6th Election, there will be a proposed “Measure P” on the ballot for a ¾ % increase on its local sales tax.  This will assist in the city’s infrastructure and services in Burbank for decades to come.  Many opinions are out there against the measure.  But, seriously keep in mind.  The State of California has a law in effect of a 10 ½ % cap on sales tax on each municipality in the state.  If Burbank’s voters do not approve Measure P this November.  In the future, the County of Los Angeles may propose their increase and Burbank loses out of the opportunity to its 3/4 % funds to be utilized locally.  The County of Los Angeles will find it elsewhere to be used with its 10.1 million population and its 1.06 % annual growth.  On a daily basis in the City of Burbank, our population of 107,436 doubles with the entertainments, shopping centers, businesses, and local government.  It’s also our opportunity to keep the sales tax increase money in Burbank.  Encourage all voters in Burbank to VOTE YES!

In July, some of the BCEA E-Board members had the privilege to attend the AFSCME International Convention in Boston.  We were able to participate and share experiences with fellow union members across the country in seminars, workshops, and hearing of speakers such as US Senator Elizabeth Warren of the State of Massachusetts, Boston’s Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Sanitation Workers of Memphis who were on strike when Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated in 1968.  We have gained knowledge and inspiration from our fellow AFSCME members.  Continue to support, participate and invest in your BCEA union.

This upcoming weekend is Labor Day Weekend.  To some, it’s the last holiday of the summer.  But, keep in mind that this day represents all those who have committed to the causes of labor and its unions in America’s way of life.  Labor has been in the forefront of the organization, fair wages, benefits, training, and safety over a 100 years.  Our American Revolution forefathers fought over taxation without representation and its right to organize that came with a cost, risk and their lives.  Much time, sacrifice and yes…money is invested in our present and future in the welfare of our union members.  Past and present unions have made great strides in improving our ways of life.  Without them, we would be at the mercy of others without representation and leverage to negotiate.  Our leaders in the labor movement have dedicated themselves to others who have little or no voice.  Many labor unions, such with Disney theme parks workers, Teamsters 399 with the studios, Los Angeles Times journalist, teachers across the country and federal workers have made great strides in improving their way of life just this year, in spite of the Janus decision.  Members…you are the voice of today and tomorrow.

The Los Angeles County Fair tickets are available at the BCEA office.  The fair in Pomona starts Friday, August 31st to Sunday, September 23rd.  Take your friends and families to a day at the fair.  Be safe in this upcoming Labor Day holiday and the month of September.

BCEA President,
Alex L. Reyes

Have a safe and pleasant Labor Day

In observance of the Labor Day, the BCEA office will be closed
Monday, September 3rd. 

Labor Day History

Labor Day is dedicated to honoring and remembering the achievements of the US worker. It is a national celebration which recognizes the contributions that American workers have made to the prosperity of their nation. Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September as a three day weekend.

Labor Day Facts & Quotes

  • The Central Labor Union observed the first Labor Day holiday in 1882 in New York City.
  • Labor Day marks the end of the summer season, the beginning of school and the start of football season.
  • According to the rules of fashion, Labor Day Weekend is the last official time where wearing white is appropriate.
  • All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence. – Martin Luther King Jr.”
  • Labor is prior to and independent of, the capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital and deserves much the higher consideration. – Abraham Lincoln

Patriot Day (Sept 11) History

Patriot Day is a day the US remembers the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  This day is commonly referred to as 9-11 (Nine-Eleven).  It is believed that 2,977 people died in the attacks. President George W. Bush proclaimed September 11th Patriot Day in 2002.

Patriot Day (Sept 11) Facts

  • On September 11th, US Flags should be flown at half-mast – both on US soil and abroad.
  • A moment of silence is held at 8:46 a.m. (EST) across the nation – commemorating the time the first plane struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
  • The National September 11 Memorial and Museum takes up over half of the destroyed World Trade Center site. It contains bronze parapets inscribed with the names of those killed on September 11, 2001, and those killed in the 1993 World Trade Center attack.
  • Cleaning up Ground Zero, as the World Trade Center was renamed, took 18 months and 19 days, and was completed in May of 2002.
  • The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center were once the tallest buildings in the world and contained enough concrete to build a sidewalk from New York City to Washington D.C.

LA County Fair’s tickets are sold at the BCEA office
Adult = $13.00
Child = $6.00

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. 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



August 23 – September 22

Feeling foggy? It’s not you, Virgo—it’s the stars. The Sun is drifting through Leo and your twelfth house of rest, closure and healing until August 23. While your subconscious is working overtime (hello, vivid dreams), your usually spot-on linear-thinking abilities aren’t as sharp as usual. The solution: Work WITH it instead of swimming upstream. This is your annual time to rejuvenate before Virgo season (and your birthday time!) starts later this month. Tie up loose ends, escape off the grid and move at a more languid pace whenever possible.

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September 23 – October 22

Relax and enjoy, Libra. After a hardworking July, you’ve got planetary permission to get back to what you do best: mingling with your favorite friends (and their friends…and their friends). The Sun is in Leo until August 23, making its annual journey through your eleventh house of group activity, both online and in real time. From cutting-edge collaborations to vibrant social gatherings, your life is sweetened in the company of kindred spirits! Since this is also the zodiac’s humanitarian zone, you might unite for a cause, as Leo season awakens your inner social justice warrior (not that it ever fell asleep). Organize a gathering or a virtual fundraiser that brings people together. The ideal “balance” for Libra is when you can celebrate AND change the world all at once.

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September 3 – Labor Day  
Labor Day is dedicated to honoring and remembering the achievements of the US worker. It is a national celebration which recognizes the contributions that American workers have made to the prosperity of their nation. Labor Day is celebrated on the first Monday in September as a three day weekend.September 9 – Grandparents’ Day  
Grandparents Day serves to honor and recognize the contributions of grandparents in our lives.  Grandparents are a society and a family’s ties to its past as they pass on important values, beliefs, and ideas to future generations. Their wisdom and love are recognized every year on the first Saturday after Labor Day in September.

September 11 – Patriot Day  
Patriot Day is a day the US remembers the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  This day is commonly referred to as 9-11 (Nine-Eleven).  It is believed that 2,977 people died in the attacks. President George W. Bush proclaimed September 11th Patriot Day in 2002.

September 6 – Mexico’s Independence Day   
Independence Day (Día de la Independencia) is a Mexican holiday to celebrate the “cry of independence” on September 16, 1810, which started a revolt against the Spaniards. It follows from the day of the Cry of Dolores (El Grito de Dolores), on September 15.
Mexicans celebrate their country’s Independence Day with fireworks, parties (fiestas), food, dance and music on September 16. Flags, flowers, and decorations in the colors of the Mexican flag – red, white and green – are seen in public areas in cities and towns in Mexico. Whistles and horns are blown and confetti is thrown to celebrate this festive occasion. “Viva Mexico” or “Viva la Independencia” are shouted amidst the crowds on this day. Independence Day celebrates the day Miguel Hidalgo is believed to have made the cry of independence (El Grito de la Independencia) in the town of Dolores, in the north-central part of the Mexican state of Guanajuato. Hidalgo was one of the nation’s leaders during the War of Independence in Mexico.

There is no scholarly agreement on what was exactly said by Hidalgo, but his speech, also known as the cry of Dolores (El Grito de Dolores), was made on September 16, 1810, to motivate people to revolt against the Spanish regime. Hidalgo’s army fought against the Spanish soldiers in the fight for independence, but he was captured and executed on July 30, 1811. Mexico’s independence was not declared until September 28, 1821.

September 17 – Constitution Day   
Constitution Day commemorates the adoption of the United States Constitution and celebrates the citizens of the United States.  The Constitution was written because the existing charter of government, known as the Articles of Confederation, had resulted in creating a weak and ineffective central government.  The Constitution defines the supreme law of the United States, with each article of the constitution pertaining to aspects such as the Congress, president, the judicial system, interrelationship between the state and federal government and process of amendments to the Constitution. James Madison, Oliver Ellsworth, Nathaniel Gorham, Alexander Hamilton, William Johnson, Rufus King, Gouverneur Morris, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington wrote the Constitution.

September 22 – Fall begins  
Fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere when the Sun is perpendicular to the equator.  This day has equal hours of day and night.  The first day of Fall is also called the Autumnal Equinox.  In many areas, it coincides with harvests.  The first day of Fall happens between each year between September 22 and 24.