EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- A three-year dispute between East St. Louis and a police officers union involving back pay is over, but not without forcing layoffs to help cover the tab.
Officers in the Fraternal Order of Police local lodge got $936,000 in back pay Friday they were due for 2006 through last year. There also were nearly $400,000 in salary adjustments paid as part of the deal.
City officials had to transfer money from various line items to cover the back pay. And more than a dozen workers were laid off to cover the back pay, including seven probationary police officers and a police evidence technician.
The officers last month sued in St. Clair County Circuit Court, saying their patience with the city over the money had run out.
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