Negotiations

SOSCA negotiations will be coming up soon and the SOSCA Committee needs your input!  We are looking for ways to help our employees and would like to hear from our members. Please fill out the form below and submit it to dawright@kern.org. Alternatively you can call Darie at 661-636-4660. Thank you!

Negotiations Suggestion Form is here:   sosca Negotiations flyer

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Signed 2016-2019 SOSCA Contract

Please the document below is the official 2016-20119 SOSCA signed contract. If you have any questions regarding the contract, please contact one of the board members. 

SOSCA 20162019 Collective Bargaining Agreement

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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.

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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 coclerico@kern.org.

Family Book Scholarship General Information & Procedure
Family Book Scholarship Application

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT A SOSCA BOARD MEMBER.
 
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 dawright@kern.org. 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 pecook@kern.org.  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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  • 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.