Following ratification by the Association and final approval by the Employer, this Agreement shall become effective July 1, 2014 and remain in effect through June 30, 2017.
This Agreement shall remain in effect from year to year after June 30, 2017, or June 30 of any succeeding year, unless either party notifies the other in writing by certified mail that it desires to terminate this Agreement at least one hundred and twenty (120) days prior to June 30, 2017, or June 30 of any succeeding year.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the following provisions (17.2.2 through 17.2.8) shall survive the expiration of this Agreement and shall govern the conduct of the parties in their negotiations for a successor Agreement.
The Employer and the Association shall commence negotiations with respect to a new Agreement within sixty (60) days of notification of one party to the other party as specified in paragraph 17.2. Meetings shall be held as necessary at times and places agreed to by both parties.
Each party to negotiations shall select its negotiating representatives provided that the Employer shall not select an Employee as herein defined, as its representative.
The date, time, placed and agenda of the next meeting shall be established before adjournment of any meeting.
All tentative agreements shall be reduced to writing and signed at the meeting the tentative agreement is reached. Signed copies shall be given to each negotiating team.
Both parties agree that it is their mutual responsibility to confer upon their respective representatives the necessary power and authority to make proposals, consider proposals, make counter?proposals in the course of negotiations, and to reach tentative agreements which shall be presented respectively to the Board and Association membership for ratification.
At any time during such negotiations, either party may declare to the other in writing that an impasse exists and call for a mediator from the staff of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. A written request for mediation by one party shall be considered a joint request for mediation, and the other party shall join in the request. The mediator shall meet with the parties or their representatives, or both, forthwith, either jointly or separately and shall take such steps as he may deem appropriate to persuade the parties to resolve their differences and effect a mutually acceptable Agreement. The mediator shall not, without the consent of both parties, make findings of fact or make public any terms of settlement he might recommend to the parties during his efforts to mediate the dispute. The cost for the mediator, if any, shall be equally shared by the Employer and the Association.
The Agreement reached through negotiations specified in Section 17.2 must be ratified by the Association members covered by the Agreement and approved by the Employer prior to the effective date of changes agreed upon during such negotiations.