EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill.—Massive layoffs that would have affected about one-third of the East St. Louis fire department have been avoided after union and city leaders reached an agreement on Tuesday.
Roughly 17 firefighters were set to lose their jobs before an agreement was made before Tuesday’s deadline.
The original deadline was set for Sept. 30 but it was pushed back to give more negotiation time between the city and union.
The layoffs were scheduled because federal grant money had expired.
East St. Louis City Manager Deletra Hudson attributed the agreement to the union’s willingness to settle amounts on past due wages. That remaining money saved will now be used to retain firefighters.
The department has 54 firefighters.