Section 1. Labor Management Conferences. The Union and the Employer mutually agree that in the interest of efficient and harmonious officer relations, it is desirable that meetings be held between Union representatives and responsible administrative representatives of the Employer. Such meetings may be requested at least seven (7) daysin advance by either party by placing in writing a request to the other for a labor-management conference and expressly providing the agenda for such meeting. Such meetings and locations shall be limited to:
(A) Discussion of the implementation and general administration of this Agreement.
(B) A sharing of general information of interest to the parties.
(C) Notifying the Union of changes in non-bargaining conditions of employment contemplated by the Employer, which may affect officers.
(D) Discussion of pending grievances on a non-binding basis to attempt to adjust such grievances and to discuss procedures for avoiding further grievances.
(E) Items concerning safety issues.
The Employer and the Union agree to cooperate with each other in matters of the administration of this Agreement, and to the degree that standards of law enforcement can be maintained for the maximum protection of the citizens of the State ofIllinois.
To effectuate the purposes and intent of the parties, both parties agree to meet as necessary.
Section 2. Integrity of Grievance Procedure. It is expressly understood and agreed that such meetings shall be exclusive of the grievance procedure. Grievances being processed under the grievance procedure shall not be discussed in detail at labor-management conferences, and any such discussions of a pending grievance shall be non-binding on either party and solely for the purpose of exploring alternatives to settle such grievances and such grievance discussion shall only be held by mutual agreement of the Employer and the Union, nor shall negotiations for the purpose of altering any or all of the terms of this Agreement be carried on at such meetings.
Section 3. Safety Issues. Any report or recommendation which may be prepared by the Union or the Employer as a direct result of a labor-management conference discussion will be in writing and copies shall be submitted to the Employer and theUnion.
Section 4. Attendance by Union Representative. When absence from work is required to attend labor-management conferences, officers shall, before leaving their work station, give reasonable notice to and receive approval from, their supervisor in order to remain in pay status. Supervisors shall approve the absence except when absence interferes with Employer’s operations or in emergency situations. Employees attending such conferences shall be limited to two (2). Attendance shall not result in any overtime liability for Employer.