The provisions of this Agreement shall be applied equally to members of the bargaining unit except where otherwise provided in this Agreement without discrimination because of age, sex, marital status, race, color, creed, national origin, political affiliation or union membership.
Except as specifically abridged or modified by any provision of this Agreement, the City will continue to have, whether exercised or not, all of the rights, powers and authority heretofore existing, including, but not limited to, the following: determine the standards of selections for employment; direct its employees, take disciplinary action; relieve its employees from duty because of lack of work or for other legitimate reasons; issue rules and regulations; maintain the efficiency of governmental operations; determine the methods, means and personnel by which the City's operations are to be conducted; determine the content of job classifications; exercise complete control and discretion over its organization and the technology of performing its work; and fulfill all of its legal responsibilities. The above rights, responsibilities and prerogatives are inherent in the Council of the City of New London and the City Manager by virtue of statutory and charter provisions and cannot be subject to any grievance or arbitration proceeding except as specifically provided for in this Agreement, provided that the matter of exercise of such rights may be subject to the grievance and arbitration procedure of this Agreement.
The Union agrees that it will not call or support any strike, work stoppage, work slowdown or any action against the City that would impede the proper functioning of the City government, or the police department, at any time. The City agrees that is will not lock out any employees at any time.
The purpose of the grievance procedure shall be to settle employee grievances on as low an administrative level as possible so as to insure efficiency and employee morale.
The City and the Union shall recognize and adhere to all provisions of laws, ordinance, the police manual and personnel rules and regulations not otherwise superseded by the terms of this Agreement.
A grievance may result from a complaint concerning the discharge, suspension, demotion or other discipline of an employee, which shall be for just cause, or a conflict resulting from the application, meaning or interpretation of this Agreement, unless specifically excluded by this Agreement. Such grievances shall be settled in the following manner: