Section 1. Effective Date
The Articles or provisions agreed upon by the parties shall become effective on
August 29, 2013, subject to ratification by the Union.
Section 2. Duration
This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect for five (5) years and from
year to year thereafter, unless either party gives to the other written notice of
intention to terminate or reopen. Either party may give notice to the other not
more than ninety (90) nor less than sixty (60) calendar days prior to the expiration
date of this Agreement of its desire to renegotiate or amend this Agreement. When
such notice is given, the parties shall meet within ten (10) workdays to begin
negotiations on ground rules. All provisions of this agreement concerning
mandatory subjects of bargaining shall remain in full force and effect during
negotiations and until a new contract takes effect.
Section 3. Supplemental Agreement or Understanding
The provisions of any Departmental Supplemental Agreement or Memorandum of
Understanding entered into after the effective date of this Agreement shall become
a valid part of this Agreement upon the effective date specified in the
Supplemental Agreement or Understanding when such Agreement or
Understanding is signed by the duly designated representatives of Department
Management and the Union. Supplementary Agreements or Understandings that
become a part of this Agreement shall be subject to the provisions for termination
and reopening as provided in this Article. All Memorandum of Understanding
(MOU), signed after March 20, 2005, shall remain in full force and effect under this
Agreement. While no other MOUs are carried over under this master Agreement,
Article 37, Past Practices, applies to mandatory working conditions that resulted
from such former MOUs.
Section 4. Savings Clause
If any provision of this Agreement is rendered invalid under existing or subsequent
laws, such provision shall be renegotiated for the purpose of an adequate
replacement. Such negotiations shall be conducted in accordance with the
requirements of Article 41. All other provisions of the Agreement shall remain in
full force and effect.