The St. Louis firefighters union lashed out at city hall today after the mayor announced the layoffs of 30 firefighters.
The mayor's office claims that firefighter pension payments are doubling to nearly $11 million in just two years and risk bankrupting city government.
Chris Molitor is the President of Firefighters Local 73. Among other things, he accused the mayor of refusing to negotiate in good faith.
"When I woke up this morning, I had to see if I was living in Wisconsin or St. Louis, Missouri…this is wrong," Molitor said.
After some budget restructuring by chief Dan Isom, the St. Louis Police Department will not have to lay off any police officers, the City of St. Louis announced today via a press release from the mayor's office.
Previously, it was reported that the Police Retirement System will saddle increasing costs, with layoffs as a feared consequence if budget restructuring did not happen.
Looks like the city of East St. Louis and its police officers will wait another day to settle their ongoing layoff dispute.
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