26.1 If any of the terms of this Agreement are held to be invalid or unenforceable by operation of law or by any court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of the Agreement shall remain in full force and effect. Either party may request negotiations over those invalid portions for the purpose of achieving a mutually satisfactory replacement.

26.2 Except as specifically provided, this Agreement will take effect upon ratification by both parties.

26.3 There shall be no strikes or lockouts during the term of this Agreement or during the negotiation for a successor agreement.

26.4 A “day” for all sections in this Agreement is a working day unless otherwise noted. A working day is Monday through Friday when the University is open for business, even if classes are not scheduled.

26.5 Except as provided by this Agreement and applicable law, the University will satisfy its collective bargaining obligation prior to changing any term or condition of faculty employment. Further, the University will satisfy its bargaining obligation regarding the impact of any decisions made by the University in the exercise of its lawful managerial rights which affect faculty wages, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.