News Release -- City, RPD Locust Club Reach Five-Year Labor Agreement

City of Rochester

News Release 

(Friday, Jan. 20, 2023) – Mayor Malik D. Evans announced today that the City of Rochester and the Rochester Police Locust Club have reached a new labor agreement, resolving a more than three-year impasse.

“Resolving outstanding labor negotiations has been a top priority of mine since entering Office,” said Mayor Evans. “It is important to our colleagues in labor that the Administration commits the resources required to negotiate quickly, fairly, and in good faith, for the benefit of our employees and the citizens of Rochester.”

The City announced the settlement of its contract with its AFSCME chapter on Oct. 12 and is currently in negotiations with the Rochester firefighters’ union.

“I am happy that we were able to resolve this three-year impasse,” said Rochester Police Chief David Smith. “Bringing this contract to completion allows us to move forward as a department and focus our efforts on new initiatives to better serve our citizens.”

The agreement with the Locust Club includes wage increases to keep officer pay competitive with neighboring police agencies; provisions to support officer wellness; and increased flexibility to manage staffing shortages and officer discipline.

The new five-year contract replaces a contract that expired in 2019 and was reached as a result of voluntary interest arbitration.


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