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Meeting Held Over Pension Battle Between St. Louis Firefighters, City

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A pension battle between St. Louis firefighters and the City of St. Louis took a new twist on Thursday night.

The president of the Board of Alderman, Lewis Reed, held a meeting with two union representatives even though talks between the city and firefighters had hit an impasse.

Firefighter union representatives said city representatives had declared an impasse so they hoped Reed could help them work out a deal that the Board of Alderman would eventually approve.

This comes at the same time a plan backed by Mayor Francis Slay has been sent to the Board of Alderman for consideration.

A representative from the Mayor`s office called the meeting disappointing saying Reed had ample opportunities to help with negotiations during the past several years.

She called Thursday night`s meeting a, 'closed door meeting with a special interest group' and questioned how Reed would be able to help on his own.

Firefighters and the city are at odds over control of their pension.  The Mayor supports a plan that would give the city control while the firefighters union does not.

'Negotiations have been broken off but the tax payers still need something to happen,' explained Reed as he entered city hall just after 7:00 p.m.

As of 10:30 p.m. Thursday night Reed was still meeting with representatives from the firefighters union.