Dispute with union back to arbitration
CHICAGO (AP) – A judge ordered additional arbitration Monday in a dispute between Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and a major union over government pay raises.
A non-binding arbitrator’s ruling last summer sided with the union representing nearly 30,000 state workers, saying they should get the raise. Now, Cook County Judge Richard Billik, Jr., says the arbitrator should consider the administration’s contention that $75 million needed was not provided by the Legislature in the budget for the 2012 fiscal year.
Quinn has refused to pay most of the wage increases agreed to in a contract with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees because he says lawmakers did not appropriate sufficient funds for it. Only a few hundred of the affected workers have received the raises, money carved out by small agencies that employ them.
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