Arbitrator: Illinois Must Pay Raises

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) __ An independent arbitrator has ruled
that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn violated the union contract with
30,000 state workers by refusing to give them a pay raise due July
Arbitrator Edwin Benn ordered Quinn Tuesday to start paying the
2 percent increase and provide back pay within 30 days. That’s
according to a copy of Benn’s opinion provided by the American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
Quinn had said the Legislature did not appropriate the $75
million necessary to pay the employees in 14 state agencies.
Benn noted in his order that AFSCME had agreed to concessions to
help the state during a fiscal crisis. Those included delaying half
of the 4 percent raise union workers were supposed to get July 1.
Quinn’s office says he will appeal.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.

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