State employee union files lawsuit over raises -

State employee union files lawsuit over raises

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A major state employee union has filed a federal lawsuit over Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's decision to cancel raises for thousands of workers.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees filed the suit Friday in Springfield.

The union's suit asks a federal judge to rescind the pay freeze recently announced by Quinn.

On Thursday, the union announced it had sought an arbitrator's ruling on Quinn's decision last week to ditch $75 million in raises for 30,000 workers to help deal with the state's budget crisis.

Quinn had said he was "happy to go to the arbitrator."

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