The City of Utica and the Civil Service Employees Association have reached agreement on a new contract.

The four-year agreement, which is retroactive to 2014, includes two years of 0% salary increases and averages a 1% pay raise a year over the life of the contract.

The contract also mandates that all new hires contribute 20-percent toward their total health insurance premium.

Mayor Robert Palmieri says with the agreement between the city and the CSEA, all union contracts have been settled and include 20-percent health care contribution from new hires, ensuring permanent long term savings for the City.

Mayor Palmieri said, “Health insurance is an enormous cost driver for the City and our number one priority throughout the negotiation process was to decrease the City’s long term health insurance cost.”