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Tentative contract reached with St. Clair County emergency dispatchers

 BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) - St. Clair County officials say they've reached a tentative contract with emergency dispatchers after years of negotiations.
The Belleville News-Dispatch reports the contract was approved by the southwestern Illinois county and runs through 2014.
Negotiations first began in 2011, but became contentious about how on-the-job experience was counted for work at a 911 answering service at the county sheriff's department.
The deal includes retroactive pay increases for 2011, 2012 and 2013 as well as an increase for 2014. Employees who leave their posts within three years of being hired will have to reimburse the county for a portion of their training expenses.
The previous contract for the dispatchers expired in January 2012.
 

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