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Unionized State Workers May Get Back Pay

Updated: Friday, May 30 2014, 03:53 PM CDT
ILLINOIS -- A glimmer of hope for thousands of state workers still waiting on a promised paycheck.

The House has approved a capital bill that would make good on back wages owed to some union employees.

House Bill 3793 allocates $50 million to pay workers at five state agencies who saw their pay raises cancelled in 2011.

The governor cancelled those raises because he said the General Assembly didn't appropriate the money, but despite the fact that the decision has been reversed, some employees are still waiting on their pay.

"What's due to me will actually pay a couple of house payments, a couple of car payments, and again medical expenses. And just everyday things like groceries. I can shop for groceries again," said Dena McGill, AFSCME worker at the Department of Health Services.

The money in the capital bill only pays back about 45 percent of the money owed to workers, but as you can see it's money workers need.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says it will continue working to get their members 100 percent of their back pay. Unionized State Workers May Get Back PayUnionized State Workers May Get Back Pay

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