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Closed-Door Meeting Over City Firefighters’ Pensions

Michael Calhoun
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Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed after meeting about firefighters' pensions on February 23rd, 2012. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed after meeting about firefighters’ pensions on February 23rd, 2012. (KMOX/Michael Calhoun)

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Firefighters union representatives were called to City Hall by Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed for a late-Thursday evening pow-wow about changes to the pension system.

Just under four afters after starting the talks, the two sides parted on apparently good terms.

“It was a good, productive meeting,” Local 73 Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Gloriosso told KMOX. “We’re moving forward together.”

Details, he said, would be revealed at a news conference scheduled for 9:30 at City Hall on Friday morning.

The discussions are about skyrocketing pension benefits and how to get costs under control. The Mayor’s office, which says it was shut-out of the Thursday night meeting, has sent a proposal to the board of alderman which would scrap the current system and drastically change benefits for new fire department hires.

Mayor Slay’s Chief of Staff Jeff Rainford tweeted: “Lewis Reed “negotiating” with FF’s would be like me negotiating with my wife for a raise. No one in his meeting represents the taxpayers.”

Reed tweeted: “Very productive meeting tonight.”

Previous Coverage:

Firefighters Blast Mayor Slay’s Pension Plan as “Money Grab”

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