• 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.

2014 Scholarship Applications are now available!

SOSCA Scholarships logoSOSCA will be awarding three (3) Family Book Scholarships in the amount of $150 each  AND five (5) SOSCA Book Scholarships in the amount of $300 each. The deadline to turn in completed applications is Thursday, September 25, 2014. Winners will be announced at the 2014 October General Meeting.

Click here for applications.

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Member Spotlight – Terrell Lambeth

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Who is SOSCA member Terrell Lambeth?TerrellLambeth

Job Title:  Senior Broadcast Engineer

Department/Division:  Communications / KETN

How long have you been with KCSOS?  17 1/2 years

What is your favorite job duty?  I like the day to day digital media engineering challenge of the ever-changing world of classroom technology and the digital social media challenge surrounding the television industry.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?  Hanging out with my wife Darla and family and friends. Going fishing any chance I get. Visiting my daughter near Laguna Beach, CA and hanging at the beach. Visiting friends and family where I grew up in Arroyo Grande, CA.

What else would you like to share with us?  Things I have done that I will never forget. I was a videographer for NASA Dryden Flight Research Center EAFB flying backseat in a T-38 Talon supersonic jet trainer recording multiple X-Plane test flights pulling up to 6 G’s and hit Mach 1.02 at 775 mph with Gordon Fullerton pilot of STS-3 Space Shuttle Columbia. I also flew in a F/A-18 hornet jet fighter support aircraft and in different models of support helicopters. TV engineer on NASA TV-3 for multiple live shuttle landings  and aircraft testing Edwards AFB. Worked with Olivia Harrison wife of the late George Harrison of the Beatles on a video archive project so that she could play back the old footage at George’s one year anniversary of his death.

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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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Informational Meeting

SOSCA will be having an informational meeting on July 2, 2014 to answer any question regarding the tentative agreement.  Toni Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer and Cherie Payne, Director-Human Resources will also be there to answer/clarify any questions. The meeting will be held in room 1A at 5 p.m.

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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


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.


(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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