EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. -- Massive layoffs that would have affected about one-third of the East St. Louis fire department are being delayed by two weeks.
Brandon Walls is president of the firefighter’s union and one of the roughly 17 who were set to lose their jobs Monday. He says the layoffs are being postponed until Oct. 15 while both sides negotiate.
He declined to discuss the southwestern Illinois city’s proposal.
But City Manager Deletra Hudson told The Post-Dispatch she planned to ask the department to consider letting the community postpone repaying almost $400,000 in back pay. Both sides are set to meet again Tuesday.
Last month, the city said it would have to lay off the firefighters because grant money had expired. The department has 54 firefighters.