Arbitrator: Quinn must give pay raises to workers

July 19, 2011

The Associated Press

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn violated the union contract by withholding pay raises.

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 1. 

Arbitrator Edwin Benn on Tuesday ordered Quinn to start paying the 2 percent increase within 30 days with back pay. 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.