Lawmakers: No funds for state worker raises

November 28, 2012

The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The Illinois House of Representatives is sending a message to state employees who are in the midst of negotiating a new contract: don't expect a pay raise.

The House voted 84-29 Wednesday in favor of a resolution that says lawmakers will not approve funding in fiscal year 2013 for a salary increase.

The resolution is not binding. But Speaker Michael Madigan, who sponsored it, says it's intended to send a message to both Gov. Pat Quinn and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees that there isn't money for increases.

The unions have opposed the measure, saying it restricts their right to freely negotiate a contract. They also say it hurts low-wage workers, including those who care for the disabled and elderly.