Arbitrator Says Governor Can’t Cancel Raises

CHICAGO (WBBM) — The state’s largest public employees’ union scored a victory on Tuesday in their fight to regain the 2% raises to which they’re contractually entitled.

But the governor’s office isn’t backing down in its effort to cancel the raises.

Gov. Pat Quinn canceled the raises for 30,000 workers, claiming lawmakers didn’t allocate enough money in the state budget to pay for them.

AFSCME Council 31 executive director Henry Bayer says too bad. Canceling the raises severely undermines the collective bargaining process, and state workers have already sacrificed to save money, Bayer said.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Alex Degman reports

“The arbitrator put the figure at $400 million,” says Bayer, referring to the report authored by independent arbitrator Edwin Benn. “Front line employees have stepped up to the plate, they have made sacrifices, and the governor should show some appreciation for all of that by agreeing to pay them that which he said he would a year ago.”

The governor’s office says it will appeal the decision, which requires the state to implement the increased salaries – with back pay – within 30 days.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Regine Schlesinger reports

“Funding these raises would mean that these agencies would not be able to make payroll for the entire year, disrupting core services for the people of Illinois,” Quinn spokesman Grant Klinzman said.

  • nancy

    Congrats Quinn………..looks like you blew it once again……..what else is new. And to think AFSCME Council 31 you voted that idiot back in… you feel just as stupid as he is.

    • Avg Joe

      quinn wason his knees feadter then baray frank to get votes, …he’s as bad as blago, hope they haul this lackie to jail to, “boss”madigan, gives orders and lap dog barks……Gov. Wimpy is a waste,a lair, and will hurt this state more then the two crooks before him, why….cause he’s a moron!!! Nothing changed giving out jobs to outset hacks (tramp that got job for vote)….to bad we can’t tar and feather this lout!…
      Term Limits
      Impeach quinn………2011

  • who dun nit

    congrats, that’s $400 million blowing out the window scattering across lake shore drive!

    • Mr Voter

      Quinn better get on his knees and suck some pp to get that money….IMPEACH the Wimp

  • Roberta Waker

    And where will the money come from to pay for the 2% raises the greedy overpaid unions will receive? Taxpayers, of course, UNEMPLOYED taxpayers who are tired of union greed. The handwriting is on the wall – greed will destroy unions within 10 years or less. Their jobs can be outsourced just like the City of Chicago is doing with recycling, etc. THAT should be their “reward”.

  • tom Sharp

    Do you think it’s time to elect people who can negotiate sensible, viable contracts. TERM LIMITS OF ONE!!!

  • disgusted

    Give them their 2% raises…Then lay 25% of them off. See how they like their raises while collecting their unemployment checks. When you see 1 guy digging a hole while 4 others stand there joking, bs’ing & drinking coffee, there’s lots of cuts that can be made. Also, bump up the pension age from 52 to 66.5 like everyone else.

  • What!?!

    I personally welcome this news. Illinois doesn’t have the money to pay these raises….what part doesn’t the union(s) understand? But looking at the positive side, this will assist Illinois along its path to bankruptcy. When that is declared, judges can declare all contracts void, including the union contracts. The state can then lay off union members at will, reduce pay, and the list goes on and on. So, yeah unions, help Illinois on its path to bankruptcy!

  • Bob

    Start outsourcing. If the public workers think they’re so indispensable, maybe the can get rehired by the outsourcing companies for half the salary and no pensions. Let them get ready for the Social Security and Medicare cuts they think are a great idea for everyone else.

  • working man

    Tachers . fire, police and others in towns around the state took cuts so evrryone can keep their jobs .why not the state unions?

  • franklin808

    Why doesn’t Quinn just raise taxes? Illinois is still not the most taxed state. We can take a lot more taxes.

  • Renegotiation May Be In Order Over State Workers’ Raises « CBS Chicago

    […] Arbitrator Edward Benn has ruled Illinois must pay up on the raises due July 1. […]

  • FR

    People need to wise up and vote Libertarian or independent, Not just D or R. Vote different parties into the mix to get better ideas, not just the same old stuff that is not working.

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