Firefighters in talks with East St. Louis to save jobs - KMOV.com

Firefighters in talks with East St. Louis to save jobs

(KMOV) -- After about six hours of negotiations on Wednesday, firefighters in East St. Louis may have a new agreement with the city.

Sunday, the elimination of 11 firefighting positions took effect as the city attempted to deal with a budget deficit.

Also, 19 police officers were let go. Tuesday, the police union reached a tentative deal with city administrators. The police officer's union and the city have reached an agreement on Thursday that puts all 19 officers back to work immediately.

Mayor Alvin Parks says that the fire union will hold its own vote Friday at 6 p.m. Firefighters will decide between two options that could bring some of the workers back.

The details of the deals were not released.

Earlier this year, negotiations failed after the city asked employees to take two unpaid days off per pay period. Each pay period is two weeks.

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