14 East St. Louis firefighters will keep their jobs after the Firefighters Union and city officials reached an agreement over past due wages.
Mayor Alvin Parks says the firefighters agreed to take a deal that cuts a quarter-million dollars from their back pay. 14 firefighters, or about 1/3 of the city's force, had been targeted for layoffs on September 30. Union and city officials delayed the cuts until October 15 while they worked on an agreement.
Parks says he will use the $250,000 in savings to keep the firefighters on staff.