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The University and the Union share a belief that many concerns between the parties can be resolved through a mutually constructive, cooperative, participative, and either joint problem solving or joint decision making approach. The parties encourage managers, supervisors, and employees to resolve concerns in a manner which emphasizes employee involvement. Decisions which are reached through this approach will benefit the University, the Union, and employees. In this spirit, the University will provide appropriate information, upon request, and consider Union input during the budget planning and organizational planning process. This statement shall not be grievable nor shall either party use this Section as evidence or argument in arbitration.
To help promote a mutually constructive and cooperative relationship, the parties agree to establish that this bargaining unit shall participate in the University-wide joint Labor Management Committee (ULMC) with AFSCME Council 5 and Locals 3260, 3800 and 3937. The Committee shall have the following specific objectives:
Labor management committees will have no authority to modify the terms of the Agreement between the parties. Disputes over alleged contract violations should be pursued through Article 21, Settlement of Disputes.
When a recommendation is reached by any of the committees, it shall be forwarded to the appropriate administrative level with recommendation that the appropriate administrative designee(s) consider it for implementation.
The Union and the University shall each be permitted eight (8) representatives on the Committee. The Union and the University will each designate one member to serve as co-chair. The co-chairs, along with other Committee Members, will carry out all functions of the Committee, plan the agenda and arrange meeting dates and times.
The Committee shall meet monthly or as the Union and University mutually agree. Members may attend meetings during regular business hours after providing reasonable notification to their supervisors. Any paid time shall be subject to the paid time provisions of Article 31. However, the University shall have no obligation to reimburse employees for related expenses. Committee meetings will usually be held on University property unless the Committee agrees to other accommodations.
Among other activities that Committee members may mutually agree to pursue, Committee members will pursue the following:
Upon written request by the Union, the University will provide readily available data to the Union regarding the number of University employees in various categories of employment and the Human Resources Department will meet with the Union to discuss the information provided.