17.1 The Employer will not contract out work which results in the layoff of bargaining unit employees during the term of this Agreement without following the provisions of RCW 41.06.142. In addition, the Employer will not contract out work for the purpose of avoiding overtime or eroding the bargaining unit.
The Employer may contract for other work that does not result in a layoff under circumstances such as:
17.2 The Employer will provide the Union with a monthly report of instances of contracting out along with the identifying code number of the applicable circumstance(s) listed in 17.1. This only applies to WFSE bargaining unit work.
17.3 If new work should be created that is the same as traditionally and historically performed by the Union, and the work is permanent, the amount of work is significant and implementation is planned sufficiently in the future to allow for collaborative discussions, the Employer will provide the Union with reasonable notice of such work prior to commencement of the work.
17.4 Bargaining Unit members are encouraged to propose ways to improve efficiencies at joint labor management meetings per Article 6.
17.5 Work presently contracted by the Employer remains unchanged by anything in this Article.