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City reaches pact with union

The city of Rochester has reached a precedent-setting five-year collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME Local 1635.

The contract was ratified by union members Thursday. It will provide for a 2 percent wage increase during the first two years. There is a retroactive provision in the first year to July 1, 2012, when the previous contract ended. There will be a 1 percent increase in the third year of the contract; followed by 2 percent increases for the final two-years ending July 1, 2016. 

“I am pleased that AFSCME Local 1635 has ratified this landmark, five-year agreement,” Mayor Thomas S. Richards said. “This will give the city and its workers stability going forward. We know what our financial commitments are and the city can now budget accordingly. It will provide a fair wage for our dedicated city workers in these tough economic times.”

Union President Anthony M. Gingello said although the recent contract negotiations were challenging, the team feels a fair and equitable agreement was reached.