• 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.

Nominations still open…

Nominations for the four (4) SOSCA Board positions beginning January 2015 are now being accepted.

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

  1. Director of Membership
  2. Director of Negotiations
  3. Administrative Assistant

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

  1. President

If you are interested in running for or nominating a SOSCA member for one of these Board positions, please email or call Dawn Johnson, Nominating Chairperson at dajohnson@kern.org or (661) 636-4703. After receipt of nominations from the Nominating Chairperson, The President will place them before the general membership at the October General Meeting on October 23, 2014, 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.

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October General Meeting

Please join us for SOSCA’s October General Meeting this Thursday, October 23, at 5 p.m. in Room 1A, City Centre. We will stop accepting nominations after this General Meeting. See what’s new. Let us know what’s on your mind. Members–Come for a chance to win one of five gift cards in the opportunity drawing. Non-members–Come and join your Classified Association!

Dinner is provided to those in attendance and will be catered by Rusty’s Pizza.

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Upcoming Lunch Time Presentation

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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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Did you miss it?!

Find all of the handouts & resources here.

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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

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

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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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