After two hours of discussion, police union officials and the City of East St. Louis have a tentative deal that could bring 19 officers back on duty.
Police and city administrators were back at the bargaining table after layoffs of 19 officers in East St. Louis took effect on Sunday, August 1st. The move left East St. Louis with just over 40 officers to police a city of around 30,000 residents.
Tuesday night, the police union and city administrators agreed to meet again to discuss concessions. After tonight's meeting, no one would offer specific details on what the new deal entails. However, the city's attorney said that the city did not walk into tonight's meeting with new sources of revenue.
Negotiations earlier this year failed after the city asked employees to take two unpaid days off per pay period. Each pay period is two weeks.
The police union will hold a vote Thursday at noon. If the agreement is ratified, then all 19 officers will return to duty.
The firefighters union plans to meet with the city Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. That meeting is also closed to the public.