Union Raises



The Governor will begin to pay union workers at the contractual wage rate called for two years ago starting July 1st.
 
There will also be some money for back wages owed, but not all of it.
 
An email from the executive director of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Wednesday says employees in six government agencies will get at least 7.25 percent more in the new fiscal year.
 
That's the level they would have been at if Quinn didn’t go back on raises in 2011 and 2012. AFSCME (AFSK'-mee) sued and won.
 
AFSCME director Henry Bayer (BAYR') says a legislative request for $140 million in back pay would cover all the shortfall. But the General Assembly didn't act on it.

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