Article 7

Duration of Agreement

Section 1--Effective Date

This Agreement will be implemented and become effective when it has been approved and signed by the parties including review pursuant to Section 7114(c) of the CSRA of 1978.

Section 2--Duration of Agreement

This Agreement will remain in full force and effect for 3 years from its effective
date and automatically renew itself from year to year thereafter.  However, either party may give written notice and a list of proposals to the other party not more than 120 or less than 90 calendar days prior to the expiration date of its intention to reopen, to amend, modify or terminate the agreement.  Such notice must be accompanied by written proposals for renegotiation as applicable.  Negotiations shall begin no later than thirty (30) calendar days after these conditions have  been met.

Section 3--Reopener

Negotiations during the term of this Agreement to add to, amend  or modify this Agreement may be conducted only by mutual consent of the parties.