State employee union in Ill. sues over raises

AP News
Posted: Jul 08, 2011 10:16 PM
State employee union in Ill. sues over raises

A major state employee union has filed a federal lawsuit over Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to cancel raises for thousands of workers.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees filed the suit Friday in Springfield.

The lawsuit asks a federal judge to rescind the pay freeze recently announced by Quinn.

On Thursday, the union announced it had sought an arbitrator's ruling on Quinn's decision last week to ditch $75 million in raises for 30,000 workers to help deal with the state's budget crisis.

Quinn spokesman Grant Klinzman's reaction to the lawsuit was only to say the Chicago Democrat's administration will take "the necessary steps to manage the fiscal year 2012 budget." Quinn had said he was "happy to go to the arbitrator."