The General Meeting Was a Success!

We all enjoyed seeing our many members at last week’s general meeting. We welcomed new board members and handed out lots of raffle prizes. We also had a great discussion about how to reach more classified employees and inform them about the benefits of joining SOSCA.



We also want to say a special thank you to Mary Alice Means, Carmen Gonzales, and Amanda Cruz who are leaving the board after the many hours they put in for dedication to the SOSCA membership. We are extremely grateful to them for everything they did.

We would like to welcome our new board members:

Martha Benavides – Bylaws

Christina Rosales – Finance

Anna Rubio – Administrative Assistant


Thank you you to everyone who attended!

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General Meeting January 19th!

Join us for our general meeting at 5pm in room 1A at the City Centre on January 19th. In addition to the normal activities, we will be swearing in new board members. There will be delicious food and raffle drawings for gift cards. Can’t wait to see you there!

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Thank you for Attending

Thank you to everyone who attended our ID Theft Lunch Presentation and our General Meeting! Check out pictures from our two most recent SOSCA events.

Here are pictures of the lunchtime presentation filled with great good, great people, and great information about ID theft prevention.

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At our last general meeting, we handed out book scholarships to applicants. Congratulations to our winners!


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General Meeting Tonight!

We can’t wait to see you all at our October General Meeting tonight! We will be presenting checks to our scholarship winners and taking nominations for the upcoming SOSCA election. Here are the details:

Date: Thursday, October 20

Time: 5:00pm

Location: City Centre Room 1A

Why:  It’s election time! Nominations for the following Board positions will be accepted:

President (must have held a previous Board position)

Administrative Assistant

Director of Finance

Director of By-Laws

If you are interested in becoming a Board member, you will need to attend the General Board meeting or express interest to any current Board member.

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Apply for a scholarship now!

SOSCA 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 23, 2016. Winners will be announced at the October General Meeting.

Please fill out your application and attach proof of enrollment and turn in to Courtney Clerico at the City Centre, 2nd floor or email them to her at

Family Book Scholarship General Information & Procedure
Family Book Scholarship Application

Disclaimer:  If–due to a lack of qualified applicants in one or both scholarship programs–there are extra funds, the SOSCA Board reserves the right to reallocate funds as they deem fit.
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SOSCA Negotiations Announcement

Please click here to read the letter regarding the results of SOSCA Negotiations. We hope to complete our vote on the above proposal on Wednesday, September 14, from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Larry E. Reider Education Center (Room 202). Absentee ballots can be obtained from Daríe Sarad, SOSCA Director of Negotiations, at Employees located at the City Centre, Larry E. Reider Education Center and the Access Center must be scheduled for leave time in order to be eligible for an absentee ballot.
Should the proposal pass, the salary increase will appear on the October end of month pay check.

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Lunchtime Presentation – Violence in the Workplace

We have a lunchtime presentation coming up! Please join us on May 5th for an informative workshop on violence in the workplace presented by the Bakersfield police Department.

Here is more information:

Title……………………………..Violence in the Workplace

Guest Speaker…………….Carina Ortiz, BPD Community Relations Specialist

When…………………………..Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 12:00 PM

Where…………………………LER #101

Lunch provided free to SOSCA members.  Non-members may purchase lunch in advance, cost $8.00.

To reserve a seat, please e-mail only Pete Cook at  Reservation deadline Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 5:00 PM.

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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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  • 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.