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Oshkosh Teachers Union Head Disciplined Over Emails

(H/T Jerry Bader)

Breaking via the Oshkosh Northwestern:

The president of the Oshkosh has been disciplined for using his district email to encourage others to call in sick to work so they can join protests in the state Capitol.

Also, district staff who joined the protests against Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill on Feb. 17 and 18 will not receive any sick leave pay and will have to reimburse the district the cost of a substitute teacher, school officials told The Northwestern on Friday.

Oshkosh Education Association president Len Herricks said he would not comment on the discipline he received and deferred to a press release prepared by district administrators Friday morning.

“First of all, disciplinary issues are not public information for any employee. So, that information is confidential and off limits,” he said.

The press release states: “Mr. Herricks has acknowledged that he may have become overly involved in the statewide effort to challenge the pending Budget Repair Bill, and the Oshkosh Area School District has dealt with this incorrect advice and the matter of emails sent by Mr. Herricks as a personnel matter.”

Superintendent Don Viegut told The Northwestern Herricks received both verbal and formal disciplinary action.

The Northwestern has requested a copy of the disciplinary records through the Freedom of Information Act.

Expect to see more reports like this in coming days and weeks.  WEAC and their local union heads have no doubt been busy with various union actions.  Already we have the t-shirt story in Two Rivers, there will no doubt be others.

Also, school districts in Northeast Wisconsin are now coming down with their punishments for those teachers who did protest in Madison. Kimberly is adding a day to the calendar; taking away a day of summer vacation, while Oshkosh is punishing all teachers who called in sick without pay.

The Kimberly Area School District sent a letter to parents Friday saying a full day will be added to the school year on Friday, June 3, to make up for the teachers’ absences on February 18 that forced the school district to cancel classes.

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A number of teachers from the Oshkosh area called in sick last month to attend the protests after being told they would be paid for their sick days. Now we’re told that’s not the case.

In a news release Friday, the Oshkosh Area School District said those teachers were incorrectly advised by the Oshkosh Education Association president that they would be paid even though they called in sick to protest.

The school district said, “Members who attended the rallies in Madison will not be paid for those days, and the district will be compensated for the cost of a substitute.”

It went on to say, “The district cannot… support absences from the workplace.”

Finally, an aside as one who saw Len Herricks willingly pimp himself out to the Feingold campaign — proving where his real loyalties were — because now-Senator Ron Johnson mentioned him [Herricks] as an individual he asked be included on an education committee for the betterment of Oshkosh’s children.  So yes, my take on Herricks taking on it on the chin can be summed up as…couldn’t happen to a nicer guy who betrayed a man who honestly saw him as his friend.

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  • mtnbay

    “First of all, disciplinary issues are not public information for any employee. So, that information is confidential and off limits,” he said.

    NOT TRUE!