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2023 - 2026 SCLEMA Memorandum of Understanding:   Article 32: Full Understanding, Modification, Waiver

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  • 32.1
  • 32.2
  • 32.3 Exceptions to Waiver Clause
  • 32.4
  • 32.5
  • 32.6

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This Memorandum of Understanding sets forth the full and entire understanding of the parties regarding the matters set forth herein. Any other prior or existing understanding or agreements by the parties, whether formal or informal, regarding any such matters are hereby superseded or terminated in their entirety.

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Except as specifically provided herein, it is agreed and understood that the Association voluntarily and unqualifiedly waives its right to and releases the County from any obligation to meet and confer on any subject or matter contained herein. The Association acknowledges that the County has fulfilled its obligations under Government Code Section 3505 for fiscal year 2016-2018 except as provided below in Article 32.3.

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32.3 Exceptions to Waiver Clause

The following subjects on employee working conditions are covered under the meet and discuss guarantees of this Article: vacation scheduling and use; shift transfer; vehicle policy; assignment transfer; meal policy; safety equipment; uniform specifications; and significant changes in the work schedule of a group of employees in a formally designated work unit, division, or department (for example, a significant change would be a change from a 4/10 plan to a 5/8 plan or vice versa for all employees in a work unit, division, or department). When the County desires to modify a written departmental policy pertaining to one or more of the foregoing working condition subjects, it shall notify the Association in writing of the modification and offer to meet with it and fully discuss in good faith the proposed modification. These meet and discuss procedures are not to be construed as meet and confer obligations under Government Code 3505 or 3504.5. However, the County and the Association shall each consider fully the proposals and positions of the other. During the meet and discuss period, either the County or the Association may request the assistance of a State Mediator. If no agreement is reached by the County and the Association, the County may implement the modification after meeting and discussing in good faith for 30 calendar days from the date the Association received the County’s written notice of proposed modification regardless of the presence or availability of a State Mediator. If the Association agrees with the County’s modification plans or the Association chooses not to respond to the County’s written notice of modification, the County may implement the modification at any time. This Article 32.3 shall not be subject to the Grievance Procedure of this Memorandum except if the County fails to provide the required 30-day notice of a proposed change. Any ruling under Article 32 shall be limited to ordering the County to comply with this Article 32.3.

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No agreement, alteration, understanding, variation, waiver, or modification of any of the terms or provisions contained herein shall in any manner be binding upon the parties hereto, unless made and executed in writing by the parties hereto, and if required, approved and implemented by County’s Board of Supervisors.

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Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed to limit or remove the existing or future jurisdiction or authority of the Civil Service Commission as provided in Ordinance No. 305-A as amended, or as provided in the Rules adopted there under.

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The waiver of any breach, term, or condition of this Memorandum of Understanding by either party shall not constitute a precedent in the future enforcement of all its terms and provisions.

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