Section 1. Unit Description. The Employer hereby recognizes theUnion as the sole and exclusive collective bargaining representative for the purpose of collective bargaining on matters relating to wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment of all full-time sworn patrol officers in the bargaining unit. The bargaining unit shall include: All sworn merited Deputy Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriff/Dispatchers/ Jailers in the rank of Captain and below, but excluding the Sheriff of Union County and all other non-sworn personnel and those as defined in the Illinois Public Labor Relations Act.
Section 2. Supervisors. Supervisors may continue to perform bargaining unit work, which is incidental to their jobs. They may also perform bargaining unit work in emergency situations and where such work is necessary to train a bargaining unit officer. Such work by supervisors shall not cause any layoffs of the bargaining unit officers.
Section 3. Sheriff’s Auxiliary. The Employer may continue to utilize the services of the Union County Sheriff’s Police Auxiliary to perform bargaining unit work in accordance with Illinois statutes.
Section 4. Short-Term/Part-Time Employees. The Employer may continue to utilize the services of short-term and part-time employees to perform bargaining unit work in accordance with past practice, providing such use does not reduce regularly scheduled hours or benefits of officers covered by this Agreement.