After having their raises canceled last year because of budget shortages, enough money has been found to give 1,700 unionized state employees a pay hike, the State Journal Register found. And how big was your salary increase this year? Oh. They're union members ...
"Almost all of the employees are members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Their contract called for them to receive raises of 2 percent July 1, 2011, 1.25 percent Jan. 1 and another 2 percent Feb. 1."
That's a 5.25 percent increase.
Gov. Pat Quinn's spokesman said, "33 of the employees are represented by the Illinois Federation of Public Employees whose contract called for raises of 4 percent July 1, 2011, and 1.25 percent Jan. 1. She said the raises will cost about $2.8 million at Revenue and about $250,000 at the CJIA."
Just how did they do that?