CFL News
February 21, 2012

Legislators call on Quinn to honor union contract

A bi-partisan group of 42 state legislators called on Gov. Pat Quinn to comply with his contractual obligations under the state's labor agreements with AFSCME and other unions by implementing the pay raises due employees as of July 1, 2011.

The letter, signed by legislators from both chambers of the General Assembly, was delivered to the governor on February 16 stated in part:

"The General Assembly neither directed nor authorized you to unilaterally refuse to honor existing contractual obligations to the state's workforce... The commitment to honor contractual agreements is fundamental to collective bargaining, which has served this state well since it was enacted with bipartisan support in 1983. ...We urge you to honor those contracts and pay frontline employees pursuant to their terms." 

For the full text of the letter, click here.

The following legislators were signers: 

Sen. M. Maggie Crotty, Assistant Senate Majority Leader; Sen. Kimberly A. Lightford, Assistant Senate Majority Leader; Sen. Donne E. Trotter, Majority Caucus Chair; Sen. Ira I. Silverstein, Majority Caucus Whip; Sen. John O. Jones, Assistant Minority Leader; Sen. Larry K. Bomke, Sen. Jacqueline Y. Collins, Sen. William Delgado, Sen. Michael W. Frerichs, Sen. Linda Holmes, Sen. Toi W. Hutchinson, Sen. Mike Jacobs, Sen. David Koehler, Sen. Iris Y. Martinez, Sen. John G. Mulroe, Sen. Kwame Raoul, Rep. Joseph Lyons, Assistant Majority Leader, Rep. Charles Jefferson, Assistant Majority Leader, Rep. Marlow Colvin, Majority Conference Chairperson, Rep. Angelo "Skip" Saviano, House Republican Org. Chairperson, Rep. Maria Antonia Berrios, Rep. Kelly Cassidy, Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, Rep. Monique Davis, Rep. William Davis, Rep. Kenneth Dunkin, Rep. Mary E. Flowers, Rep. Robyn Gabel, Rep. Jerry L. Mitchell, Rep. Michael P. McAuliffe, Rep. Donald L. Moffitt, Rep. Brandon W. Phelps, Rep. Al Riley, Rep. Thaddeus Jones.

Seven additional lawmakers signed similar letters.

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