It is understood and agreed that the County possesses the sole and unrestricted right to plan and conduct its operations and to determine the conditions of employment of its employees, except where that right is clearly, expressly, and specifically limited in this Agreement. Nothing herein shall affect the internal control authority of the County as referenced in State Statute.
Rights which the County may exercise include, but are not limited to, the following:
To determine its mission, organization, budget, method of operation, and standards of service.
To determine the methods and means, including number and type of personnel, needed to carry out its mission.
To plan, direct, and control the work of employees, including the assignment of overtime.
To select new employees and to promote current employees.
To suspend, demote, discharge or take other disciplinary action against employees for just cause.
To lay off employees for lack of work or funds or for other legitimate reason.
To introduce new or improved methods, equipment, and facilities.
To contract for goods and services, provided that the County will notify the Union prior to contracting out services to the extent that wages, hours or benefits of bargaining unit employees may be reduced. Upon request, the County will meet and negotiate with the Union over the impact of such contracting out.
The County recognizes the interest of the Union in any changes which affect the working conditions of employees represented by the Union, and consequently agrees to inform the Union of such changes.