EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill (KMOX) – East St. Louis has delayed the layoff of 14 firefighters but it’s only a temporary, two week fix for the men faced with losing their jobs.
The new layoff date is now October 15. Mayor Alvin Parks says that while he is hopeful the layoffs might be eliminated altogether, obligations, such as back-pay, must be met.
“Police department officials as well as Teamsters Union – that will include public works employees, jailers, dispatchers, records people in the police department – so we have to think about working with the fire department as we think about how to move forward,” the mayor said.
Parks said East St. Louis has a plan and that is to handle the back-pay issue. But Parks says looking at long-term issues, you can not build a city on grants so he is delving into other ways to keep his city funded.
If Parks is unable to receive a grant, the firefighters will be laid off in two weeks. With a grant, the mayor hopes to keep the 14 firefighters and hopefully restaff the department with more.