Judge orders Quinn to honor contract raises
State owes $60 million in back pay
SPRINGFIELD (AP) – Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration must pay the 2011 wage increases promised to state workers – eventually, a Cook County judge ruled Friday.
Circuit Judge Richard Billik Jr. decreed that regardless of whether the state budget has enough money, Quinn can’t renege on contractual pay hikes negotiated with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
The bill comes to $60 million for about 30,000 employees. The state must pay what it can now, and cough up the rest of it when funds become available – at 7 percent interest, Billik said.
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