21.1 The Employer will not contract out work which results in the layoff of bargaining unit employees who are employed prior to the time of execution or renewal of this Agreement. The Employer will provide bargaining unit members the first opportunity to volunteer for extra work opportunities prior to utilizing other police agencies to augment Departmental staff.
21.2 Rather than implement the competitive contracting provisions of the Personnel System Reform Act of 2002, the parties agree to engage in collaborative process and quality improvement teams. When either party identifies an issue pertaining to cost, productivity, or work quality that could lead to/or result in specific cost savings, a team will be commissioned to review the specific work involved and the cycle times, cost, and quality of the work, looking for steps that may be modified/eliminated and opportunities for increased efficiency and quality. The team will make recommendations regarding changes in systems, equipment, resources, processes, and training to enable employees to improve the work. The team may also discuss these matters with other unions when issues relating to jurisdiction or distribution of work create barriers to work improvements.