• The Objectives of this Organization are to:

    • Provide its members with duly authorized representation for the purpose of protecting and improving their rights under the Merit System.
    • To settle disputes between employee and employer arising from grievances as they apply to the Merit System, and
    • To provide the communication vehicle between employee and employer.

Site Rep Spotlight – Karen Compton Ward

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Who is SOSCA Site Rep Karen Compton Ward?

Job Title/Department:  Program Supervisor Community Connection for Child Care

Site Rep Location:  Larry E. Reider Building–CCCC

How long have you been with KCSOS?  18 Yrs/1 as an AmeriCorps Member

What does being a site rep mean to you?  I enjoy being the person who gathers and filters information, then send it out to my team.

What would you say to someone who’s considering becoming a site rep?  If anyone is interested in becoming a Site Rep, I would tell them go for it.  It’s awesome to be able to gather information and bring it back to your work team, and explain the benefits of being a SOSCA member.  There is nothing hard about it.  I go to the meetings, I have fun, and I am able to bring the info from the meetings back to those in my team who can’t make the meetings, and relay the info to them as though my team members they themselves attended the meetings.   I’ll help you until you are comfortable with what we do as Site Reps.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?  I enjoy fishing, crocheting blankets for my family and friends, playing at the beach and going to my son’s and grand-children’s sports games.


We’ve created “SOSCA Spotlight–Site Rep Edition” in the hopes of expanding your knowledge of who SOSCA is while celebrating the hard work and dedication of our Site Reps.

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Congratulation to All of our Scholarship Winners!

At our 2014 October General Meeting (on Thursday, October 23), nearly $2,000 in book scholarships were awarded to five SOSCA members and three SOSCA family members.

The following SOSCA members received $300 each:

  1. Debbie Jackson
  2. Blanca Parada
  3. Esperanza Romero
  4. Hilda Tabora
  5. Carmen Velez

The following family members received $150 each:

  1. Jade Jimenez
  2. Natalia Perez
  3. Miriam Rodriguez

Congratulations–and good luck–to all of our scholarship winners!

The Scholarship Committee was made up of Monica Fetalvero (chair), Doug Taylor and Elizabeth Velasco Ramirez
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(left to right) Monica Fetalvero, Carmen Velez, Esperanza Romero, Blanca Parada, Elena Perez (for Natalia Perez), Debbie Jackson and Miriam Rodriguez. Not pictured:  Hilda Tabora, Jade Jimenez and Natalia Perez.
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Would you like a chance to win a fantastic gift card?!

All you have to do is join us for a SOSCA General Meeting to be entered into a drawing to win one of five gift cards. Want two chances to win? Become a SOSCA site rep! Site reps who attend General Meetings are entered into a special drawing for a $25 gift card.

Our 2014 October General Meeting winners were (in the order they’re pictured):

  1. Monica Fetalvero – Site Rep Drawing – $25 Target gift card
  2. Christina Rosales – $25 Visa
  3. Debbie Jackson – $15 Cold Stone
  4. Lourdes Santamaria – $15 Sequoia Sandwich
  5. Blanca Parada – $25 Red Lobster
  6. Esperanza Romero – $50 Visa

The next general meeting is Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 5 p.m. in Room 1A, City Centre.

For information about becoming a site rep, visit the site reps page.

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October’s Lunch Time Presentation

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If you missed the presentation, click here.

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Voting Results (from 7/10/14)

The SOSCA ballots have been counted, and the Collective Bargaining Agreement has passed, with 236 “Yes” vote and 3 “No” votes.

The changes include:

  •  2% salary increase, effective 07-1-2014
  •  Eliminate the Kaiser $30 copay plan; continue to offer Kaiser $15 copay as an HMO option (effective 10-1-14)
  •  Revert back to VSP (C $20 copay) plan from current MES (C $20 copay) vision plan (effective 10-1-14)
  •  Add Minimum Value PPO Plan (lower cost medical plan option)
  •  Change Extended Sick Leave Option from 5-month Differential (sub dock) to 100 Day/50% pay sick leave
  •  Clarify contract language for retiree benefits regarding buy-up options for medical benefits

The SOSCA board would like to extend their gratitude to all of the members who came out and voted.

The 2014 – 2015 SOSCA Negotiations Team includes:
Darie Wright, Internal Business Services
Kathy Couch, Health Benefits Amanda
Cruz-Ardoin, North Kern Community School
Lettie LeMay, Special Education Services
Leslie Lund, Workers’ Compensation
Elena Perez, Payroll, Retirement Unit

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Tentative Bargaining Agreement Summary

Curious? Click here.

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SOSCA Hosts Vendor Table at Richardson Center’s 5k Family Fun Run

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Our own Sarah Tierce participated in the event. Way to go!

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Congrats to our January General Meeting Winners!

These folks won a combined $165 just for coming to the meeting! Come to the May General Meeting (5/15/2014) for your chance to win.

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(l-r) Corey Eby, Martha Benavides, Carlos Lara, Maria Madrigal-Haynes, Kay Henry & Patricia Croxton

And the winners are…

  • $25 VISA – Martha Benavides – Community Learning Center (Site Rep drawing)
  • $15  Starbucks – Corey Eby – Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability
  • $25 Movie Card – Carlos Lara – Community Connection for Child Care
  • $25 Target Card – Maria Madrigal-Haynes Kern County Consortium
  • $25 Texas Rhode House Grill – Kay Henry – Internal Business
  • $50 VISA – Patricia Croxton – CalSTRS Client Outreach and Guidance Services
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No Voting Necessary for 2014 SOSCA Board

Nominations were solicited for the five (5) SOSCA Board positions coming open January 2014. None of the positions had more than one member running, therefore eliminating the need for voting.

The following four (4) positions were unopposed and therefore filled by the incumbents:
1)       Director of Negotiations – Darie Wright
2)       Director of Public Relations – Michelle Palmer-Dickinson
3)       Director of Grievance – Pete Cook
4)       Vice President – Leslie Lund

The remaining position received only one nomination and, by default, goes to that nominee:
5)       Director of Membership – Sarah Tierce

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2013 October General Meeting Winners!

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(left to right)  Rhonda Langley ($25 movie gift card), Miriam Sanchez ($25 Roadhouse Grill gift card), Karen Brown ($10 Sequoia Sandwich gift card), Toni Williams (Site Rep $25 pre-paid Mastercard), Kerri Sherwood ($15 Subway gift card), and Martha Benavides ($50 pre-paid Visa)

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