Workers picket over move to cancel raises

July 12, 2011

The Associated Press

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People protest Gov. Quinn's decision to deny $75 million in raises to state workers.

State workers are picketing across Illinois over Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to cancel raises for thousands of employees. 

The informational pickets Tuesday will stretch from downtown Chicago and Champaign to Springfield and southern Illinois. 

Workers are upset over Quinn's decision to deny $75 million in raises to 30,000 workers to help the state of Illinois cope with a budget crisis. 

Quinn continued to defend his decision at an appearance in Chicago on Tuesday. He maintains he had no choice because the General Assembly didn't appropriate the money. 

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees has sued Quinn for violating their union contract.