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Governor Pat Quinn defends state worker pay freeze | abc7chicago.com
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn is defending his pay freeze for almost 30,000 state workers.

Quinn ordered the freeze last week saying the legislature did not approve enough money for pay raises.

The union that represents state workers says it will go to court to fight the freeze.

Quinn holding his ground on the pay raise issue has stunned organized labor leaders around the state. Always considered a union friend, Quinn is putting at risk his Democratic Party's appeal to working men and women.

After Quinn announced 2,500 minimum wage Illinois Conservation Corps jobs for teenagers and young adults, the governor was asked again to explain why he cancelled the raises of 30,000 permanent state employees.

"The General Assembly chose not to appropriate money for these raises," said Quinn. "I have to follow the law. There is no choice that I had other than to follow the law."

By canceling the 2 percent pay increase, worth an estimated $77 million, the governor surprised and outraged many of his longtime supporters in organized labor.
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Massachusetts Echoes Wisconsin as Budget Curbs Union Power - Bloomberg
Massachusetts lawmakers led by Democrats passed a $30.6 billion budget that includes a provision curbing collective bargaining by municipal workers on health-care costs.

The change echoes efforts in Wisconsin and Ohio, where Republicans placed broader limits on negotiations by government employees as deficits widened. While Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, a Democrat who won a second term last year, sought similar curbs in his 2012 budget proposal, he hasn’t said whether he supports the Legislature’s modified version.

“It’s a huge message to organized labor,” said Paul Grogan, president of the Boston Foundation, a nonprofit that funds research and social services in the city. “If there’s not an outbreak of pragmatic accommodation then they’re going to be rolled over. It’s not limited to Republican governors beating up on labor.”

States from California to Connecticut have slashed worker benefits amid the worst fiscal crisis since the Depression. At least 20 states have sought to cut personnel-related medical expenses in the past year, from excluding certain procedures to imposing across-the-board increases in employee costs, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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dang those repu..bli..ca...oh crap...dems are doing it too
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