Q: If I call the OEA for assistance, will my concerns remain confidential?
A: Yes, all questions or concerns will remain confidential. Call Organizational Specialists Kathie Garabrandt 402-676-3245 / email@example.com; or Heather Fritz 402-346-0400 / firstname.lastname@example.org; they will maintain the utmost confidentiality and will assist you in pursuing a resolution to the extent you tell them you want them to do act in your behalf.
Q: Is there a cost for receiving member rights services?
Q: What are some important early warning signs that my performance is being questioned?
A: 1. Poor or less-than-good evaluations.
2. Receipt of a written reprimand.
3. A deteriorating relationship with supervisor, colleague, student, or parent.
4. Rumors of discontent regarding classroom performance or personal life.
5. The occurrence of an event that causes nervousness or uncertainty.
These and other warning signs call for preventive action. Don’t hesitate to discuss them with Kathie Garabrandt 402-676-3245 / email@example.com; or Heather Fritz 402-346-0400 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What should I do if I am facing a crisis such as the ones listed below?
1. Notification that you have been accused of serious misconduct.
2. Contact from criminal authorities or social services about allegations of misconduct.
3. Notification that a complaint has been filed against you with the Nebraska Commissioner of Education.
4. Notification that your employer is considering firing you.
5. Notification that a lawsuit has been filed against you.
In all these crisis circumstances, no matter how large or small, you have rights as a certificated employee. Contact OEA (346-0400) at once — prior to talking to anyone else!
Q: What should I do if I have a concern, complaint or grievance (such as proper placement on the salary schedule; assignment of extra duties; receipt of a reprimand; a poor evaluation; perceived harassment; or a myriad of other issues?)
A: It’s best in most cases to contact the OEA (346-0400). Your OEA representative, with advice and assistance from NSEA staff, is committed to making sure that members’ rights under law, contract, and policy are protected. Efforts to protect these rights can take the form of local or individual concerns, grievances, formal complaints to state or federal agencies, and even litigation. If for any reason you need or prefer to contact the NSEA directly, please do so. You should contact Jason Wiese, Director of Member Rights, 1-800-742-0047.