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