Section 1. This Agreement will remain in effect for three (3) years from the date of approval. For the purpose of this Agreement, the three (3) year duration shall be effective upon signatures by the Librarian of Congress and representatives of the Guild. It shall be automatically renewed for one (1) year periods unless either Party gives the other Party written notice of its intention to renegotiate this Agreement no earlier than one hundred five (105) days and no later than sixty (60) days prior to its termination date.
Should renegotiations be initiated under the above procedures, each Party may reopen up to six (6) articles and offer new articles on matters not addressed in this Agreement. The Parties agree to commence negotiations over ground rules no later than ninety (90) days after the above conditions have been met. Failing approval of a new Agreement by its expiration date, the present Agreement shall remain in full force and effect until such time as a new Agreement has been approved and ratified by the Parties.
During the life of this Agreement, each Party may reopen up to three (3) articles. In such instances the Party wishing to reopen shall give the other Party no less than thirty (30) days written notice. The notice will include a copy of the reopened article(s) along with proposed changes. Such negotiations shall otherwise be held in accordance with the provisions of Article 8 (Midterm Bargaining).
Section 2. During the life of this Agreement, there shall be no individual agreements, understandings, or practices contrary to the specific terms and provisions of this Agreement, unless such agreements, understandings or practices have been reduced to writing and signed by a duly authorized representative of the Labor Management Relations Office and the Guild.
Section 3. It is agreed that during the life of this Agreement, any article in this Agreement may be reopened only by mutual consent, unless otherwise stated in this Agreement. If during the life of this Agreement, a law issued from higher authority invalidates, or requires an amendment to, any part of this Agreement or any supplement hereto, the Parties agree to meet within a reasonable time to negotiate the mandated change.
Section 4. To the extent that provisions of LCRs are in direct conflict with this Agreement, the provisions of this Agreement shall govern.
Section 5. It is understood that Supplements to this Agreement are incorporated into the Agreement and subject to the provisions of Section 4 above. These Supplements include:
- Merit Selection Plan;
- Risk Assessment Code;
- LCR 2016-1 (Position Classification Organization);
- LCR 2016-2 (Position Classification Appeals);
- LCR 2025-8 (Americans With Disabilities Act) and Agreement: Implementation of Americans with Disabilities Act; and
- LCR 2015-21 (Family and Medical Leave Act) and Agreement: Implementation of Family Medical Leave Act
- Telework Pilot Agreement
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