Nominations for Board positions are now being accepted

JoinTheBoardNominations for five (5) SOSCA Board positions beginning January 2016 are now being accepted.

The following three (3) positions are open to all SOSCA members:

  • Director of Membership
  • Director of Negotiations
  • Director of Public Relations

The remaining positions are only available to those who have previously served on the Board or a SOSCA committee.

  • Vice President
  • Director of Grievance

If you are interested in running for or nominating a SOSCA member for one of these Board positions, please email or call Lettie LeMay, Nominating Chairperson at or 636-4402.  After receipt of nominations from the Nominating Chairperson, the President will place them before the general membership at the October General Meeting on October 15, 2015, and then call for further nominations from the floor.

You can view descriptions and duties of the open positions in Article 5 of the SOSCA Bylaws.

SOSCA – Protecting the Rights of Classified Staff for Over 25 Years!

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Scholarship Applications Due September 24

SOSCA Scholarships logoDon’t forget! In order to be in the running for a 2015 SOSCA Book Scholarship, applications must be received by Thursday, September 24. There’s still time!

Click here for scholarship information.

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Increase of Membership Dues

Effective January 1, 2016 SOSCA will be increasing dues from $1 to $2.

The following is just a small portion of the benefits SOSCA provides for classified staff.

  • Classified staff has received a COLA in each of the last three years: 3% in 2013, 2% in 2014 and 3% in 2015.
  • Book scholarships have been increased to provide 5 SOSCA Member Book Scholarships in the amount of $300 and 3 Family Book Scholarships in the amount of $150.
  • Classified staff have been able to retain high quality health benefits with no decrease in coverage.
  • Lunchtime Presentations are provided several times throughout the year.
  • Food, fun and gift cards provided at the Quarterly General Meetings.
  • Increased vacation hours.
  • Casual Friday dress.
  • Long Term Disability Coverage Plan.
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2015-16 Bargaining Agreement Voted In

The tentative bargaining agreement between SOSCA and Kern County Superintendent of Schools has been voted in as contract for 2015-2016 by the members of SOSCA.

A recap of the changes are as follows:

  • 3% COLA effective 07-1-2015 – you will see the increase on your paycheck on July 31, 2015
  • Discontinue the one day of sick leave allotted for regular classified employees working Extended School Year (see Rules of the Personnel Commission 8.23.A)  date June 2016
  • Regulatory Clean-Up Language in Appendix E Catastrophic Leave/Continuation of Pay Status to align wording with Ed Code 44043.5 and to change the reference from 5 month differential pay to 100 day 50% pay as voted on in 2014-15

Thank you for taking the time to vote and for your membership with SOSCA.

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Board Member Spotlight – Amanda Cruz-Ardoin


Who is SOSCA board member Amanda Cruz-Ardoin?

Job Title/Department:  School Secretary-Bilingual/Student Services

Position on SOSCA Board:  Director of By-Laws

How long have you been with KCSOS?  8 years

Why did you want to be a Board Member for SOSCA?  Initially, my interest in the SOSCA Board was fueled by my desire to serve my fellow classified employees in the same manner SOSCA has helped me. Furthermore, I have been curious about the inner-workings of our union, and how I can serve an active role..

What have you learned about SOSCA that you didn’t know before?  My most impactful experience with KCSOS has been interacting with the multitude of people who devote their lives to the success of their colleagues. They provide support for those in need, contractual upholding, and scholarship opportunities for the education of its members.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?  My recreation time is replete with family moments. From exciting road trips to weekend bike rides, my girls keep my life active and adventurous. Pursuing my career goals through higher education fill my remaining hours outside of KCSOS.

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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
(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


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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  • 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.