Anchorage, Alaska


LOCAL NO. 1547
Anchorage, Alaska

Expires June 30, 2006

Section 2.13 Contracts and Subcontracts for Office & Engineering Work

It is understood and agreed that the function of Sections 2.13 through 2.13.3 are not in any way intended to limit or restrict the ability of the Employer to do business with other employers, but rather, these provisions are designed and intended to preserve work for employees whose wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment are prescribed by this Agreement.

2.13.1 Erosion of Work Force

No regular employee shall be laid off, terminated, or discharged by the Employer as a result of the Employer's subcontracting any work historically or normally performed by bargaining unit employees. The Employer agrees that it will not contract out or subcontract work for the underlying purpose of eroding the size of the bargaining unit.

2.13.2 Warranty Work

The Employer may without penalty contract out work involving the installation, troubleshooting and/or repair of equipment, systems and apparatus if required by the terms of a manufacturer's or supplier's warranty. If skills new to the bargaining unit are used, the Employer will continue its existing practice of assigning at least one bargaining unit employee to assist with such warranty work as training that will facilitate work the bargaining unit employees will, with reasonable probability, do later.

2.13.3 Dispute Resolution

The parties shall not enforce Sections 2.13.1 through 2.13.3 of this Agreement by means of slowdown, picketing, strikes or lockouts. In order to avoid unnecessary disputes over the application of this Article, the Union shall be given reasonable advance written notice of any preliminary decision to contract or subcontract work covered by Sections 2.13.1 through 2.13.3. Before the Employer may award any contract or subcontract (including task order contracts and unit price contracts) or assign any work of work covered by Sections 2.13.1 through 2.13.3 (engage in subcontracting activities), the Union shall be given an opportunity within the next five business days following the date of notice to meet with the Employer for the purpose of discussing whether the proposed action is in compliance with this Article. If mutual agreement cannot be reached within that time frame, the matter shall proceed to Step 3 of the grievance procedure if the Union so elects and the Employer will not refuse to arbitrate subcontracting grievances on the basis that they are illegal. If either party should refuse to arbitrate a contracting dispute, that party will be liable for the other side's attorney's fees and costs incurred in obtaining an order compelling arbitration. The discussion provisions of this section shall not apply to emergency work, task orders issued under task order contracts, individual jobs issued under a unit price contract, contracts or subcontracts in an amount of $50,000 or less, professional services, or in cases where work is bid under the OELCC and there are no pre-qualified non-union contractors. In addition, the notice requirement shall not apply to emergency work. The exemption of the foregoing categories of work from the notice and discussion provision of this section in no manner limits or impairs any rights the IBEW has to file and process grievances as to such work.