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City, AFSCME Local 1635 agree on five-year contract

The city of Rochester has finalized a new five-year collective bargaining agreement with AFSCME Local 1635 that will provide wage increases of 2.5 percent to 3.25 percent every year.

The contract, with a start date is retroactive to July 1, calls for a 2.5 percent bump this year, 3.25 percent the next two years, and 3 percent increases in each of the final two years.

“I am thankful to the members of AFSCME Local 1635 for ratifying this agreement,” Mayor Malik Evans said in a news release. “We look forward to continuing to work with our union partners to ensure a safe, just and equitable working environment for our employees.

“Government can only be as good as the people who serve in it and we are fortunate to have the very best in our AFSCME members.”

AFSCME Local 1635 is the largest union representing city workers. The labor organization represents a wide variety of employees in professional and skilled civilians roles, but not police or fire department members.

“In appreciation of the tireless work of our members, the contract we signed today is the best contract our workers have had in decades,” union president Michael Rivera said. “This contract demonstrates Mayor Malik Evans’ appreciation for the hardworking Local 1635 members who serve our community.”

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