A Cook County Circuit Judge is supposed to rule today on whether 30,000 Illinois public employees will get a raise that Gov. Pat Quinn cancelled in his state budget last year. The employees, represented by AFSCME, were guaranteed a raise under their collective bargaining contract. But Quinn said the budget the state legislature passed last year did not set aside money for the salary hike.
According to WUIS, about 10,000 of these public workers have already gotten their raises, thanks to the actions of some state government agencies.
UPDATE 1 (6:15 p.m.): A judge has determined that the case be sent back to arbitration. The judge says he needs more information before he can determine whether governor acted incorrectly in canceling the pay raises. AFSCME leaders say they are rady to continue fighting for the wages, they say, they are owed.
“State employees are understandably frustrated by the delay in securing
the pay they’re entitled to,” AFSCME executive director Henry Bayer said
in a statement in response to the decision. “We are prepared to make our case before the
arbitrator and hopeful that justice will prevail when we do.”