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City, police union announce five-year agreement

Posted 8/10/22

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri has announced an agreement has been reached with the city and the Utica Police Benevolent Association.

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City, police union announce five-year agreement

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UTICA — Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri has announced an agreement has been reached with the city and the Utica Police Benevolent Association. The agreement was approved by the Board of Estimate and Apportionment on Monday, August 8.

The five-year agreement, which is retroactive back to 2021, yields an average salary increase of 3.2% each year over the five-year period and was overwhelmingly supported by PBA membership, officials said. The contract also increases the tuition reimbursement fund for police personnel who pursue higher education.

The starting salary for a Utica Police officer is currently $52,417 per year.

“We are grateful to be able to come to terms with the City of Utica on a 5-year contract,” said PBA President Josh Harrington. “This contract helps the Utica Police Department stay competitive with the growing challenge of hiring the best and most qualified candidates to keep our community safe.”

Officials say the city and PBA have built a good working relationship and negotiated in good-faith over the past decade. This relationship has led to fair contract agreements which have benefited both parties.

In recognizing the rising costs of healthcare, the PBA in 2018 agreed to increase the healthcare contribution of all police personnel to 20%. Due to the PBA’s willingness to compromise on healthcare contributions, the cumulative salary increase for its members is approximately 36% over a ten-year period (2016-2026).

Over the past several years, the city has successfully negotiated contracts with CSEA, the Teamsters, the Fire Chief’s Union and the Police Chief’s union, city officials said. All these agreements include increases to healthcare contributions for respective employees. Furthermore, the city has established a strong track record in good-faith labor negotiations as no union contract has reached arbitration in over a decade, the announcement added.

“I thank PBA President Josh Harrington for working collaboratively with the administration on behalf of his membership,” said Palmieri. “By engaging in substantive dialogue, the city and PBA were able to come to an amicable resolution which will benefit both parties.”

“The residents of Utica are fortunate to have an outstanding police department,” the mayor added. “I commend members of UPD for keeping our community safe.”

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