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.