Union Lawers Set to File Suits for State Employee Paychecks

(AP) Unions representing Illinois state employees have filed a lawsuit demanding they will be paid in full and on time despite the lack of a 2016 fiscal year budget. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 31 and the Service Employees International Union among others filed the lawsuit Thursday in St. Clair County Circuit Court. The unions argue the state’s failure to pay employees their full wages under their unions’ respective collective bargaining agreements would violate their contracts.