Posted October 15, 2013 EST
East St. Louis Firefighters Avoid Layoffs
Fourteen East St. Louis firefighters will keep their jobs after City Manager Deletra Hudson and Firefighters Union Local 23 came to an agreement over past due wages. Mayor Alvin Parks says union representatives agreed to accept $250,000 less than what was awarded to them in a 2011 arbitration ruling over back pay. Parks says that money will be used to keep the firefighters on staff. Fourteen East St. Louis firefighters, nearly 1/3 of the entire force, were set to lose their jobs on September 30. But union and city officials agreed to delay the layoffs until October 15 while they worked on an agreement. Mayor Alvin Parks says the retention of firefighters creates a more stable community. " Your firefighters are one of your first responding groups. So when you see them coming you, know you're going to be safe." The city reportedly owed nearly $700,000 in back pay dating back to 2011 after that arbitration ruling. Parks says the successful negotiating was important to the process. "A lot of concession were made to pull this off and we have to give our teams, the attorneys and unions a lot of credit for really putting the best thinking in mind to pull this off."
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