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16 East St. Louis Firefighters Avert Layoffs

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – East St. Louis officials and a local firefighters union say they’ve reached a deal that will avert layoffs of nearly one-third of the city’s fire department.

Terms of the deal reached Tuesday between the city and the International Association of Firefighters Union Local 23 weren’t disclosed.

But Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. tells the Belleville News-Democrat that it spares having to lay off 16 of the city’s more than 50 firefighters, at least through the end of the year. He says it’s commendable that both sides worked out a creative solution.

The union local’s president, Brandon Walls, wouldn’t discuss the details but says he’s glad no one will be laid off.

The layoffs were expected because of the city’s budget issues.

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