Gov. Pat Quinn took action today to keep the fight going over unpaid state employee wages dating back to July 2011. Quinn appealed a ruling by a Cook County judge ordering his administration to pay state employees monies from a contractual wage increase that he refused to keep, citing that lawmakers did not give him enough money to do so.
Last month, the judge ordered that Quinn pay the state workers back either in full immediately or down the line with 7 percent interest. The ruling was congruent with an independent arbitrator's findings that the governor broke the union contract and should pay the workers the increase. Nonetheless, the governor appealed the decision today, which is the last allowable day for him to do so, drawing ire from AFSCME.
“Yet again Governor Quinn has shown his disrespect for state employees and disregard for their union contract,” AFSCME executive director Henry Bayer said in a press release. “We repeat our call for the governor to drop his wasteful appeal and pay workers the wages they have earned.”