HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Union workers for the City of Huntington ratified a new contract on Thursday.

AFSCME Local 598 voted to approve the City of Huntington’s final contract offer in what the group said was “it’s best.”

81 city employees, mostly in the Public Works Department, are represented by the union.

In a release by AFSCME Local 598, the contract, which provides a 12-percent pay raise over a three-year period, was approved on a 50-9 vote.

The contract will take effect upon approval by Huntington City Council and expire June 30, 2022.

AFSCME Local 598 said this was the largest pay raise over a three-year period given since 1999.