2013-14 Negotiations


TO:                 All Staff
FROM:           Christine Lizardi Frazier
SUBJECT:     Negotiations Results
I am pleased to report the successful conclusion of negotiations with our two employee associations.  Before I get into the specifics, I want to extend my sincere appreciation to your representatives from SOSCA and KCEA for a professional, collaborative and open process.1
As KCSOS implements the new Local Control Funding Formula, it was important to take the time necessary to understand how this will affect our budgets in future years.  In addition, continued increases in benefit costs mean that all of us must be prudent in our spending and cautious about future revenues.  That said, I am pleased to report the following results, which were supported overwhelmingly by nearly all KCSOS employees.  These results apply to all permanent Classified, Certificated and Management staff:

  • All permanent Classified, Certificated and Management staff will receive a 3% salary increase retroactive to July 1, 2013.  The retroactive pay will appear in employees’ September 30, 2013 paycheck;
  • For 2013-14, KCSOS will cover 100% of the increase to benefit costs.  Beginning in the 2014-2015 & 2015-2016 years, KCSOS will cover any cost increases up to 3% unless otherwise negotiated or if negotiations are not completed by October 1, 2014.

Please note that Payroll & HR staff will only be able to answer questions about the COLA payment after October 1, 2013 as staff will be working hard between now and then to calculate and process the pay rate changes for all permanent KCSOS employees.  We appreciate your patience during the next few weeks and remind you that your COLA payment will appear on your September pay statement.
I am so proud of KCSOS employees and your dedication to the students and school districts we serve and am pleased to be able to provide a pay increase that recognizes your efforts over the past several years.  Thank you for your unwavering dedication as “advocates for children”!

2013-14 Negotiations

It’s that time again! SOSCA is beginning the negotiations process and would like to hear from you, its membership. This is your opportunity to voice your opinion. ALL suggestions will be reviewed and presented to the negotiations committee later this year for consideration. Suggestions should be submitted via our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/JoinSOSCA). Simply leave a comment on the post regarding SOSCA Negotiations. (Look for the icon above.) Don’t have a Facebook account? You may email suggestions to Darie Wright, SOSCA Director of Negotiations, at dawright@kern.org.
UPDATE – We’ve received several suggestions already (see below) and hope to continue hearing from our members!

  • Off early the days before Christmas and Good Friday
  • Off the Monday after Easter
  • A cost-of-living adjustment (COLA)
  • No out-of-pocket for health Insurance
  • No reduction in benefits
  • Extra day for Family Medical Leave Act
  • More time for Bereavement Leave
  • Casual Friday every Friday

DON’T FORGET! While you’re on our Facebook page, be sure to “Like Us” for a chance to win a VISA gift card at the May 16th SOSCA General Meeting (5 p.m. in Room 1A). You need not be present to win.


  • January 25th – General Meeting @ 12:00p by Google Meet
  • February 4th – Site Rep Meeting @ 3:00p by Google Meet
  • March 16th – Lunchtime Presentation @ 12:00p by Zoom
    • Presenter – Robin Paggi
    • Topic – Resume & Interview Building Training

  • 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.