SPRIMNGFIELD, Ill. (IRN/KMOX) – State workers protested at 75 locations around the state on Tuesday, criticizing the governor for reneging on the 2 percent raises to which they were entitled July 1 in a contract he negotiated and signed. He says they should be making their case elsewhere.
“I really feel that if they want a raise, they should contact their local legislator and ask him or her to vote for that, because if they don’t vote for the funding for the raises, the governor does not have the power under our Constitution to award raises,” the governor said.
Quinn says he could have awarded raises and then hoped lawmakers would appropriate more money later in the fiscal year, but he says rolling the dice like that would have been irresponsible.
Quinn says lawmakers deliberately didn’t allocate money for raises, and the workers should know that. The union (AFSCME) which represents the bulk of state workers has sued and asked for arbitration.