Oshkosh school board opens salary negotiations with non-teaching staff

Unions representing non-teaching staff will open salary negotiations with the Oshkosh school board Tuesday.

The board noticed public meetings for exchanging initial salary proposals with food service workers at 3 p.m. and all other non-teaching staff, such as custodians, at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

This will be the second round of collective bargaining for the district since state lawmakers prohibited most public sector unions from negotiating for anything other than pay raises capped at the rate of inflation in 2010.

The board is banking on the unions agreeing to 1.75 percent pay raises, which is less than they’re allowed by the law, in order to help close a budget hole.

Last year, non-teaching staff asked for a 3 percent raise but ultimately settled at 1.5 percent. The increase was applied to the total budget for base wages and cost the district $81,810.

Negotiations with the teachers’ and paraprofessionals’ unions have not started.

About Adam Rodewald

Adam Rodewald is the senior reporter for The Oshkosh Northwestern and a member of the Gannett Wisconsin Media Investigative Team. He has been a professional journalist since 2006. He specializes in open records, data analysis, and issues surrounding education, children and families.
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