Quinn appeals ruling on state union workers’ pay raises

By Doug Finke, pjstar.com

Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration has filed to appeal a judge’s decision ordering the state to make good on union pay raises.

Quinn withheld contractual raises for thousands of state workers beginning in 2011 because he said the General Assembly did not budget money to pay for them.

However, Cook County Judge Richard Billik ruled in December that the state must make good on the raises. He said the state should pay what it can now and pay the rest later at 7 percent interest.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents most of the affected workers, issued a statement blasting Quinn’s administration for pursuing the appeal.


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