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Article 44: Duration and Termination

Section 1

This Agreement will be approved or disapproved by the Employer within thirty (30) calendar days after being executed.  If approved within that time period, its effective date shall be the date on which it is signed by the Employer so long as that date is within the same thirty (30) calendars day period.  If the Agreement is not approved or disapproved by the Employer within the thirty (30) calendar days after being executed, it will become effective, as a matter of law, on the thirty-first (31st) calendar day after its execution.

Section 2

A. This Agreement shall remain in effect for a period of three (3) years from its effective date and shall be automatically renewable tor additional one (1) year periods unless either Party notifies the other Party, in writing, at least sixty (60) days, but not more than one hundred five (105) days prior to the expiration date of its intention to re-open, amend, modify, or terminate this Agreement.  Such written notice shall be accompanied by proposed ground rules or a statement of the provision(s) in the Agreement that the Party desires to modify.

B. When notice of desire to re-open, amend, modify, or terminate is given, the Parties shall confer within ten (10) business days to schedule a meeting for the purpose of negotiating ground rules for the conduct of negotiations on a new Agreement; this meeting should occur no later than thirty (30) calendar days prior to the expiration date of this Agreement.  If negotiations on a new Agreement are not concluded prior to the expiration date, this Agreement shall continue in full force until a new Agreement has been approved.

Section 3

During the thirty (30) day period beginning twenty-four (24) months after the effective date of this Agreement, either Party may reopen negotiations on any one (1) existing Article in this Agreement.  The request must be in writing and shall be accompanied by specific proposals.  The Parties shall begin negotiations no later than thirty (30) days after receipt of the notice.

Section 4

Implementation of the new provisions of this collective bargaining agreement will occur by November 18, 2013.